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1353 days in jail; No bail for Umar Khalid in UAPA case

Delhi’s Karkardooma court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of human rights activist Umar Khalid in the conspiracy case linked to 2020 Delhi pogrom.

Umar Khalid has been in jail since September 2020 in a UAPA case.

On 15 February, Khalid withdrew his bail plea from the Supreme Court, with his lawyer, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, stating that “we will try our luck in the trial court”.

Khalid who had sought regular bail in the case on the grounds of delay and parity with other accused, had claimed that no terror allegations were levelled against him in the Delhi police’s charge sheet and his name was merely repeated in the document.

He had also alleged a vicious media trial against him.

On 13 May, special judge Sameer Bajpai had reserved the order on his bail application.

The Delhi police’s special public prosecutor had opposed the bail plea calling as it “frivolous and baseless”.

Meanwhile, the Special Public Prosecutor submitted that several people took to X to influence Umar Khalid’s bail hearing.

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