Is ‘Salaam’ Greeting Illegal in India, Khalid Saifi Asks Court 

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Khalid Saifi
Jailed Delhi activist said Delhi Police had wasted 2 million papers on the chargesheet filed in Delhi riots larger conspiracy case
Team Clarion 
NEW DELHI — Jailed activist Khalid Saifi on Friday asked a Delhi court if greeting someone with Islamic salutation of “Assalamu Alaikum” was made illegal. If it was so, then he will stop doing this because, he said, “I always greet my friends with salaam… I think I’ll have to stop it in case it is illegal.”
Saifi, who is in jail under UAPA since February 2020 in Delhi riots conspiracy case, made these remarks in reference to an argument in another case involving student activist Sharjeel Imam who is also in jail. islamic salutation is one of the charges that Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad has made against Imam during a recent hearing of bail application by him.
“Is it a law or presumption of the prosecution team,” Saifi asked Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat. The judge clarified that it was the prosecution’s argument and not the word of the court.
Saifi, the founding member of civil society group United Against Hate, also told the court that once he gets bail he will approach National Green Tribunal with a case against Delhi Police for wasting 2 million papers on the chargesheet filed in Delhi riots larger conspiracy case.
In February 2020 parts of national capital were struck with large scale communal violence leaving over 50 people dead, majority of them Muslim.
Saifi and several other activists including Umar Khalid, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha who also  made  their presence before the Court in the matteqr are facing charges of conspiracy of fomenting violence  in the garb of protests to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Earlier Saifi told the court that he does not owe anyone an explanation about his participation in the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC.
On September 7, a Delhi court reprimanded police for its  “lackadaisical attitude” in probing riots cases.

 

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