HC grants anticipatory bail to former DMC chairman in sedition case


New Delhi, July 31

The Delhi High Court Friday granted anticipatory bail to former Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Chairman Zafarul Islam Khan in a sedition case as he was not required for additional investigation by the police.

Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri, who performed the listening to by video conferencing, granted the reduction to the 72-year-old and requested him to hitch the investigation as and when required.

Khan’s tenure within the fee ended not too long ago.

“The petitioner (Khan) is admitted to anticipatory bail on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and one surety of the like amount in the event of arrest,” the decide stated whereas dictating the order.

The courtroom was knowledgeable by advocate Vrinda Grover, showing for Khan, that he has already submitted his laptop computer with the police and joined the investigation a variety of occasions.

Prosecutor M P Singh stated he has directions from the police that Khan is now not required for additional investigation.

The excessive courtroom, whereas granting pre-arrest bail to Khan, requested him to cooperate within the investigation and in case of change in deal with, inform the investigating officer.

He was additionally requested to not go away Delhi with out prior intimation to the police.

The courtroom was listening to a plea by Khan in search of anticipatory bail within the sedition case lodged towards him, citing his age, well being points and threat of contracting COVID-19.

The courtroom had earlier granted him interim reduction, asking the police to not take any coercive measure towards him until July 31.

On April 28, Khan had printed, by his official web page on social media, a put up that allegedly had seditious and hateful feedback.

On May 2, based mostly on a grievance, Delhi Police Special Cell lodged an FIR towards Khan underneath sections 124A and 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for the alleged offences of sedition and selling emotions of hatred between totally different teams on the grounds of faith, race, place of origin, residence and language.

Khan sought anticipatory bail on the bottom that he’s a public servant and a senior citizen aged 72 years, who suffers from coronary heart illness and hypertension and is very prone to COVID-19 an infection which might have deadly penalties for an individual of his age and well being situation.

“In these circumstances there is an urgent need to grant him protection from arrest and coercive action in a frivolous and untenable case, in order to safeguard his liberty as the failure to do so will have irreversible consequences on his right to life,” stated the petition filed by advocates Vrinda Grover, Ratna Appnender and Soutik Banerjee.

The plea has sought route to the police that within the occasion of his arrest, he be instantly launched on bail and that no coercive measures be taken towards him. It additionally sought route that Khan’s laptop computer and cellular shouldn’t be seized.

The plea claimed that no offence has been dedicated by Khan and the FIR has been registered with a mala fide intention to harass and intimidate him.

It stated the FIR towards him was “misconceived, being made on a misrepresentation of details and an inaccurate, untenable studying of the legislation”.

Khan claimed within the plea that his social media put up was falsely reported, distorted and sensationalised out of context by sure sections of the media to embarrass him and to tarnish his stellar work that he has been doing as Chairman of the fee.

“Alarmed that his social media post was being maliciously and knowingly distorted and false meanings and motives attributed to his words, the petitioner (Khan) responded through his social media posts dated April 29, 2020, and further on May 1, 2020, the petitioner elaborated on his original tweet and clarified the distortions and misrepresentations by sections of the media,” the plea stated.

It stated that regardless of the clarifications, a “communal and politically motivated misinformation campaign was orchestrated” towards Khan to undermine the nice work completed by him over 20 years.

After nearly every week since registration of the FIR, Khan was not served with any authorized discover for interrogation and on the night of May 6, when he was settling down for Iftaar, a police staff got here to his residence and orally requested him to accompany them to the Cyber Cell Police Station, it stated. PTI SKV HMP 

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