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I expect you will try your best to secure justice for Dr. Kafeel Khan: Priyanka Gandhi writes to U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra   | Photo Credit: PTI

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday wrote to Yogi Adityanath over the detention of Dr. Kafeel Khan, booked under the National Security Act (NSA) over alleged hate speech and said she expects the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to do his best to secure justice for him.

In her letter to the Chief Minister, the Congress general secretary said Kafeel had served people selflessly in difficult situations.

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Priyanka Gandhi raised the matter, saying the doctor “has spent more than 450 days in jail so far”.

“I expect that while showing your sensitivity, you will try your best to secure justice for Dr. Kafeel,” she said in the letter.

Kafeel is in detention for allegedly making an inflammatory speech on the Aligarh Muslim University campus during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests.

He was arrested at Mumbai airport on January 29 in connection with the case registered at Aligarh’s Civil Lines police station under section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code.

The section relates to promoting enmity between groups over religion and other differences.

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On February 10, he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court but not immediately released by Mathura Jail authorities. His family then moved court in Aligarh, claiming contempt of the High Court order.

The court issued a fresh release order on February 13. But before it could be executed, the authorities invoked the National Security Act against him.

The paediatrician had earlier faced arrest following the deaths of over 60 children in a week at a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur in 2017.

About two years later, a State government probe cleared Kafeel of all major charges.

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