NEW DELHI – Anti-CAA activists and founding member of United Against Hate (UAH) activist Khalid Saifi has been granted bail by additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat in Karkardooma court on 11 September, the Quint reported. However, he will continue to stay in jail as there are two more cases under UAPA registered against him.
This was the second attempt by Saifi to seek bail in FIR 44 registered on February 26 in Jagatpuri Police station in connection with the Delhi riots case. The bail plea was moved on July 17 by Saifi’s lawyers.
Saifi remains incarcerated since late February when he was detained from a protest site in Delhi’s north-east.
Since his arrest, Khalid has been pushed around by the police who first put him in a special cell and then he was taken to jail where he was quarantined and then shifted to a hospital ward. Then the crime branch took him in for interrogation. Later, before being taken to jail, he was again quarantined.
There are also allegations that after Saifi was arrested the police tortured him; His wife said to Clarion India in an interview in July that the police beat his feet and legs leaving him injured. “it took him three months to recover.”
A video showing him in a wheelchair while his both legs are covered in bandages also went viral a few days after his arrest.
Saifi, a devoted peace activist, has been raising the voice for victims of mob lynching, a communal phenomenon that has seen a spike since BJP came to power in 2014.
Netizens have frequently run online campaigns seeking his release from jail.