Anti-CAA Activist Ishrat Jahan Gets Interim Bail for Marriage

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Ishrat Jahan

Mohd Aasif | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Lawyer and former Congress municipal Councillor Ishrat Jahan got an interim bail for her marriage on 30 May. Ishrat Jahan is an anti-CAA activist and was arrested in the Delhi violence cases in February this year.

The additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted interim bail to Jahan for 9 days from June 10 to June 19 on a personal bail bond of Rs one lakh and two surety of the like amount.

According to Ishrat’s bail plea, she has been falsely implicated in the matter. “she was the only supporter of the ongoing peaceful protest”, the plea reads. The plea said that she has already gotten bail in a similar matter.

She was taken into police custody in the FIR by the Crime Branch on March 21, 2020, for the purpose of investigation of the alleged offences in which the applicant has already been granted bail. Ishrat alleged that the investigating agency is making a mockery of the judicial system.

Ishrat has been in judicial custody since February 26 and since March 21 in police or judicial custody in the present case despite the applicant being granted bail order dated March 21.

“The wild and baseless allegations being made against her are not only irresponsible and false but have also caused serious harm to her reputation”, says the plea.

The FIR and investigation agency has claimed that Jahan was trying to incite people during Delhi violence and delivered provocative speeches during the protests against the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).

The district and sessions judge at Patiala House Court granted bail to former Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan for ten days, from June 10 to June 19, on 30 May for her marriage.

Though, Ishrat Jahan was engaged in 2018 itself and the marriage was due to happen. Some of the incidents in life kept it getting delayed. “They had decided long ago that the marriage would happen after Eid in 2020,” Ishrat’s lawyer Lalit Valecha told an online media.

Valecha said that the court has asked Ishrat to submit two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each as the order is still being awaited.

Ishrat was arrested on 26 February by Delhi Police from the Khureji protest site on the FIR number 44/2020 from Jagatpuri but she was granted bail on 21 March in the case. She was again taken into custody on the same day under FIR number 59/2020 where the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has been invoked.

In her application, a copy of the wedding invitation was attached which states that her wedding is scheduled for June 12.

Besides Jahan, Jamia Millia Islamia students Asif Iqbal Tanha, Gulfisha Khatoon, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider, president of Jamia Alumni Association Shifa-Ur-Rehman, suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, activist Khalid Safi, JNU student Natasha Narwal and former student leader Umar Khalid have also been booked under the anti-terror law in the case.

The police had claimed in the FIR that Khalid and his associates had instigated people to start riots in the area and it was a “premeditated conspiracy”. Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between anti-CAA and Pro-CAA groups. It further led to anti-Muslim pogrom leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

The plea further said that Jahan would not tamper with any evidence or influence the witnesses if granted bail. The petition, also filed through advocates Tushar Anand and Manu Prabhakar, claimed that Jahan has been falsely implicated in the case.

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