Former Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan accused in an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act case was granted bail by a Delhi court on Monday.
Jahan was in custody in since February 2020 in connection with the riots in Northeast Delhi in 2020.
Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat granted bail to Ishrat after reserving orders last month.
Jahan has been accused in another case over allegations that she incited the crowd at an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) protest site in northeast Delhi’s Khureiji Khas area. She was granted bail in this case.
Advocate Pradeep Teotia appearing for Ishrat Jahan contended that there are no pending cases against her which makes her eligible to apply for a bail. He also added that Jagan’s financial transactions were the same and police did not have any qualitative evidence against her.
“They have created a fear amongst people. She has been a lawyer. She was a young political person. She has a brilliant acumen. I was victorious from a ward where Muslims were less in number. Both the sects had given vote to her. No Muslim had even won from the said ward. She was a popular lady. They have no single iota or evidence regarding her involvement in the conspiracy. There has to be something.”Advocate Pradeep Teotia
However the Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad objected former Congress councillor’s bail application saying that an accused will be responsible for the acts of others.
The court granted bail to Jahan, however, the bail plea moved by co accused Saleem Malik and Sharjeel Imam have been adjourned to March 22.
In February 2020, riots erupted in Delhi as part of a peaceful demonstration against the central government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Citizenship Register (NRC).53 people were killed while around 200 people suffered from serious injuries in the North-East Delhi riots.