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Delhi riots: Police oppose in HC bail pleas of JNU students, claims larger conspiracy | Delhi News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The police contended earlier than the Delhi excessive courtroom on Tuesday that JNU college students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, arrested in reference to the communal riots in north-east Delhi final yr, had been half of a bigger conspiracy to threaten the unity, integrity and concord of the nation.
The police made the submissions in response to the appeals filed by Narwal and Kalita difficult a trial courtroom’s order dismissing their bail pleas in a Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case associated to the riots.
A bench of justice Siddharth Mridul and justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani listed the matter for Friday for conclusion of arguments on behalf of the police.
Special public prosecutor Amit Mahajan, representing the Delhi Police, opposed the pleas and claimed that Narwal and Kalita had been properly conscious of the acts being carried out throughout the riots and that it could result in penalties which might be disastrous.
He stated the case towards them just isn’t solely primarily based on statements of witnesses and these conspiracies can’t be recorded on digicam and that it’s proved by means of circumstantial evidences.
“Appellants were part of a larger conspiracy which was to threaten the unity, integrity and harmony of the country. It is not necessary that they need to be involved in every act. As long as they were aware that their act can threaten unity and integrity of the country, they are covered under Section 15 (terrorist act) of UAPA,” he contended whereas studying out related portion of WhatApp chats between accused and others.
Mahajan stated the accused agreed to be a part of WhatsApp teams and presumption can be that they had been conscious of acts of each conspirator and can be equally liable.
Earlier, advocate Adit S Pujari, showing for the 2 college students, had argued earlier than the bench that the investigation within the case was “tainted”.
Narwal and Kalita, who’re additionally members of Pinjra Tod (break the cage) group, had been arrested final yr in May in reference to the communal riots in north-east Delhi and are in judicial custody.
They had been arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police and booked below numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code together with rioting, illegal meeting and try to homicide.
They have additionally been booked below the stringent anti-terror legislation – UAPA in a separate case associated to the communal violence in north-east Delhi in February final yr, for allegedly being a part of a “premeditated conspiracy” within the riots.
Communal clashes had damaged out in north-east Delhi on February 24, 2020 after violence between the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) supporters and protesters spiralled uncontrolled leaving not less than 53 folks useless and round 200 injured.
In all, 4 instances have been registered towards Kalita, together with in relation to the northeast Delhi riots and violence in previous Delhi’s Daryaganj space throughout protests towards the CAA in December 2019.
Narwal is accused in three instances.
Both of them have been granted bail within the different instances aside from the one below UAPA.
The trial courtroom had on January 28 dismissed their bail pleas saying the allegations towards them had been prima facie true and provisions of anti-terror legislation have been rightly invoked within the current case.

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