Asif, Devangana and Natasha free to walk out of jail

More than 48 hours after Delhi High Court bail order, Karkadoma Special Court on Thursday issued warrants for release of student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha from Tihar jail in the Delhi violence conspiracy case pursuant to the bail granted to them by the Delhi High Court on June 15.

Earlier, Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Bedi of Karkardooma Courts had deferred orders on their release after Delhi police sought time to verify the addresses of the accused and sureties.

Ravinder Bedi today stated that the Court has passed an order and sent the release warrants by email to prison authorities.

On 15 June, a division bench of Delhi High Court allowed bail to three student leaders and found that offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) are not made out prima facie against student leaders Asif Iqbal Tanha, Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita in the conspiracy case.

“In its anxiety to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity seems to be getting somewhat blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy,” Delhi High Court observed during the hearing.