Supreme Court will hear the petition against the release of the accused students, notice issued to the three relieved
New Delhi, The Supreme Court will hear the Delhi Police's plea against the grant of bail by the High Court to three students accused in the Delhi riots cases. On June 18, the Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the interpretation of the Anti-Terrorism Act UAPA by the High Court in the matter. It has been made clear that this order of the High Court granting bail should not be presented as a precedent elsewhere.
The Supreme Court has decided to hear the petition filed by the Delhi Police against the order of the High Court. Also notices have been issued to Jawaharlal Nehru University student Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Jamia Millia Islamia University student Asif Iqbal Tanha. But the High Court has refused to postpone the implementation of the order. That is, the bail of all the three students will remain intact and they will remain out of jail. A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hemant Gupta will hear on Thursday the petition filed by Delhi Police in the matter.
In June, the Supreme Court had discussed the matter while accepting the request of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Mehta had said that in the case, the High Court has granted bail to the accused by interpreting contrary to the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). According to Mehta, the matter is important and as a precedent, efforts can be made to take advantage of it all over the country. This can have an adverse effect on the law and order situation. Mehta had said that 53 people were killed and more than 700 were injured in the Delhi riots. These riots took place at a time when the President of America had visited India and was in Delhi. It was a conspiracy to defame India internationally. Therefore it cannot be taken lightly. While ordering the release of the three students on bail, the High Court had questioned the imposition of UAPA section on them.