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Sharjeel Imam gets bail in sedition case, to stay in jail in UAPA case

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Muslim student leader and research scholar Sharjeel Imam in a case about making allegedly seditious speeches during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

He will, however, remain in jail in the larger conspiracy case involving the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act charges related to the Delhi pogrom 2020.

Imam has been in jail since January 28, 2020.

Imam had argued that he was eligible for statutory bail as he had spent four years in jail. He had said that the maximum sentence if convicted under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act was seven years.

A division bench of Justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Manoj Jain on Wednesday allowed Imam’s bail plea that had challenged the trial court order denying him relief in the case which pertains to speeches that Imam delivered at the Jamia Millia Islamia University in 2019 and the Aligarh Muslim University in 2020 during protests against the discriminatory citizenship law.

The police alleged that in his speech at the Aligarh Muslim University, Imam had asked those protesting against the CAA and the NRC at the time to “cut off Assam from India” by occupying the “Muslim-dominated chicken’s neck.”

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