Delhi violence: HC adjourns activist Gulfisha Fatima’s plea for release

28-year-old Gulfisha was arrested on the basis of an FIR on the Jaffrabad sit-in protest against CAA on 9 April 2020 and slapped with the draconian UAPA on 18 April 2020 along with Jamia Millia Islamia student leaders Safoora Zargar and Meeran Haider in connection with the Delhi violence conspiracy case. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

The Delhi High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) activist and MBA graduate Gulfisha Fatima’s habeas corpus plea, seeking release in the northeast Delhi violence conspiracy case.

Citing a large number of cases, a bench of Justices Navin Chawla and Asha Menon adjourned the hearing to July 5.

A Habeas Corpus plea is a writ used to challenge the unlawful detention or imprisonment of a person.

28-year-old Gulfisha was arrested on the basis of an FIR on the Jaffrabad sit-in protest against CAA on 9 April 2020 and slapped with the draconian UAPA on 18 April 2020 along with Jamia Millia Islamia student leaders Safoora Zargar and Meeran Haider in connection with the Delhi violence conspiracy case.

In the last hearing, the Delhi Police had opposed her petition, saying that it was not maintainable. The police had said that the plea was a “blatant abuse of the process of law and deserves to be dismissed with cost”.

The High Court had then directed Gulfisha’s counsel to file a reply to the police’s response and listed the matter for hearing on June 18.