Delhi riots | Umar Khalid’s bail plea rejected

Umar Khalid is among the 18 accused in the UAPA case

March 24, 2022 01:38 pm | Updated 03:39 pm IST - New Delhi

Umar Khalid File photo File photo

Umar Khalid File photo File photo | Photo Credit: -

A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed former JNU student leader Umar Khalid bail plea in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots UAPA larger conspiracy case.

The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat after he deferred the order on Mr. Khalid’s bail plea thrice previously due to late submission of written arguments from both defense counsel and the prosecutor.

The court had reserved order in the case earlier this month.

Senior Advocate Trideep Pais was arguing on behalf of Mr. Khalid while Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad was arguing against the bail.

During the course of arguments, which stretched for around eight months, Mr. Pais submitted that the Delhi Police Special Cell’s case was fabricated and were based on doctored clips of Mr. Khalid’s Amravati speech run by television news channels. 

Mr. Pais also argued that the entire charge sheet naming Mr. Khalid as the mastermind of the conspiracy read like the script of popular television series Family Man and were nothing but hyperbolic allegations.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor argued that Mr. Khalid wanted to create a perception by comparing his case to Family Man and Trial of Chicago 7 and didn’t have anything to argue on the merits of the case.

SPP Prasad further submitted that Mr. Khalid was part of several secret meetings where chakka jams which led up to the riots were carefully planned and conceptualized.

Mr. Khalid is among the 18 accused in the UAPA case, which includes other student activists such as Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal. 

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.