Jawaharlal Lal University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam was denied bail by a Delhi court on Friday in connection with delivering an inflammatory speech that encouraged violence in 2019.
Delhi's Saket Court has dismissed JNU student Sharjeel Imam's bail plea, in a case related to alleged inflammatory and instigating speeches during the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
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Sharjeel Imam arrested:
According to Delhi Police, Iman delivered a speech during the protests. The protests were against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). According to the police, the speech was provocative in nature on December 13, 2019. The speech led to riots two days later when a mob of over 3,000 people attacked cops and torched vehicles in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar.
Alongside this case, Imam is accused of being the “mastermind” of the February 2020 northeast Delhi riots. The riots led to the deaths of 53 people and injured over 700.
Moreover, Sharjeel Imam is presently facing various cases in five states including Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi.
Why was he denied bail:
A Delhi court observed that the speech was on communal lines and the content of the speech tended ‘to have a debilitating effect on the peace and harmony.’
The additional sessions judge Anuj Agarwal while denying Imam the bail said that the cursory and plain reading of the speech displays that it was on communal lines.
“The tone and tenor of the incendiary speech tend to have a debilitating effect upon public tranquillity, peace, and harmony of the society,” judge Anuj Agarwal said.
The judge, however, noted that the evidence in support of the allegations that the rioters got instigated by Imam’s speech. Thereafter, indulged in the acts of rioting, mischief, attacking the police party, was scanty and sketchy.
The judge also quoted Swami Vivekananda while delivering the verdict. “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think; Words are secondary; Thoughts live; they travel far,” he said, according to a report by news agency ANI.