Delhi riot: Court grants bail to student activist Gulfisha; to remain in jail in UAPA case

Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) activist and MBA graduate Gulfisha Fatima in a case related to the northeast Delhi riot. Photo: Shaheen Abulla/Maktoob

Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) activist and MBA graduate Gulfisha Fatima in a case related to the northeast Delhi riot.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat granted bail to Gulfisha on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 30,000 with one surety of like amount in the case related to an anti-CAA protest in Jafrabad area in which one Aaman died due to gunshot injuries.

The Court observed that the accused Gulfisha was in custody since 03.06.2020 and that “the co¬≠-accused Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal have already been granted bail in the case and their role is stated to be similar to the present applicant/accused.”

“The present stage is of bail and not acquittal or conviction. Nothing is shown to suggest that the applicant is a flight risk,” the court said.

Gulfisha’s lawyer Mehmood Pracha told court that she has been falsely and maliciously implicated in the present case without any evidence.

She has clean antecedents and has no previous criminal record, he said.

Gulfisha has already secured bail under FIR 48 (Jafrabad anti-CAA protest) and 83 (Seelampur anti-CAA protest).

But, she continues to be in jail under the FIR 59 of the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which invokes the draconian UAPA.

28-year-old Gulfisha was arrested on the basis of an FIR on the Jaffrabad sit-in protest against CAA on 9 April and slapped with the draconian UAPA on 18 April along with Jamia Millia Islamia student leaders Safoora Zargar and Meeran Haider in connection with the Delhi riot conspiracy case.