2019 Jamia riots: Delhi court denies bail to JNU student Sharjeel Imam

New Delhi, October 22 (Agency)A Delhi court on Friday refused bail to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam for allegedly making inflammatory speeches and inciting people to violence in 2019. The court observed that the speech was delivered on communal lines and its subject matter is “having an effect that undermines peace and harmony”. Police said Imam had allegedly made a provocative speech on December 13, 2019, which resulted in riots two days later, in which a mob of over 3,000 people attacked policemen and several vehicles in Jamia Nagar area. was burnt. Additional Sessions Judge Anuj Aggarwal, while denying bail to Imam, observed that a cursory reading of the speech shows that it was clearly delivered on communal lines. He said, “The tone and content of this provocative speech has the effect of undermining public peace and social harmony.” However, the judge said the evidence was insufficient to substantiate the allegations that Imam’s speech incited riots. After this they looted, created a ruckus and attacked the police party. In addition to this case, Imam is also accused of being the “mastermind” of the February 2020 riots in North East Delhi in which 53 people died and over 700 were injured.

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