SC grants bail to 21 PFI members in violence case throughout anti-CAA protests

New Delhi, September 9

The Supreme Court Wednesday granted bail to 21 members of Popular Front of India (PFI) accused of indulging in violence at Mangaluru on December 19 final 12 months throughout anti-CAA protests, ensuing within the loss of life of two individuals.

The high court docket had earlier granted keep on bail granted to the protesters on the attraction filed by Karnataka authorities in opposition to the High Court order.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde, A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian stated that the candidates be launched on bail on the situation that they won’t take part in any violent actions or conferences.

“Having regard to the observation of the High Court that it was not possible to prima facie determine the presence of the accused persons at the spot and without treating the said observation as final finding of the fact, we consider it appropriate to direct that the applicants be released on bail on furnishing bail bonds in the sum of Rs 25,000 each to the satisfaction of the trial court..,” the bench stated.

The high court docket imposed two situations for the bail that the accused shall report back to the closest police station on each different Monday and that “they shall ensure that they do not participate in any violent activities/meetings”.

It stated, “We make it clear that the observations of the High Court on question of fact and law are obviously made prima facie and shall not affect the trial”.

On March 6, the highest court docket had issued discover to the accused after being attentive to the attraction filed by the Karnataka authorities in opposition to the grant of bail by the excessive court docket and granted an ad-interim keep on its operation.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the state authorities, had earlier assailed the excessive court docket order saying that as many as 56 policemen obtained injured through the violent protests.

“The rioters attacked the police station and set it ablaze,” the regulation officer had stated, including that two individuals died throughout these violent protests.

The High Court, whereas granting bail, had stated that the data produced point out that the “identity of the accused involved in the alleged incident appear to have been fixed on the basis of their affiliation to PFI and they being members of the Muslim community”.

Two individuals obtained bullet accidents in police firing and later succumbed at a hospital on December 19 final 12 months as protests in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act turned violent in Mangaluru.

Police had lobbed tear gasoline shells and resorted to baton cost and fired within the air to disperse anti-CAA protesters in Mangaluru, as hundreds of demonstrators had hit the streets in lots of cities and cities throughout Karnataka on December 19 final 12 months defying prohibitory orders. — PTI

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