The Delhi High Court has today allowed bail to Safoora Zargar, 27-year-old student of Jamia Milia Islamia University as the Delhi Police agreed to release her on humanitarian grounds. She had been under custody for alleged conspiracy behind Delhi riots.
The bail application was allowed as there were widespread concerns about the incarceration of Zargar, who is also 23 weeks pregnant, in the overcrowded Tihar prison amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. She was allegedly arrested on April 10.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Delhi police, submitted before the court that the state had no objection with releasing Safoora on bail without going into the merits of the plea, and without considering this as a precedent, provided she doesn’t indulge in activities she’s being investigated for.
Another condition submitted by the state while granting bail was that Safoora should remain in Delhi.
Replying to this Zargar’s lawyer Nithya Ramakrishnan, argued that she might have to go to Faridabad to consult her doctor.
Conditions for bail of Safoora Zargar
A bench of Justice Rajiv Shakhdher granted regular bail to Safoora after furnishing a personal bond of Rs.10k and on the following conditions:
- She should not indulge in activities she is being investigated for.
- She should refrain from hampering investigation.
- She has to take the permission of the concerned court before leaving the territory of Delhi.
- She has to get in touch with the Investigating Officer once in every 15 days through a phone call.
However, the Court while granting the plea clarified that the order should not be “treated as a precedent” for this case or any other case in the future.
Justice Shakhdher also pointed that while he had received certain documents in “sealed cover” from the State, he had not opened or perused the same and they shall be returned to the office of the Solicitor General.
Safoora Zargar had moved the Delhi HC after her bail application was rejected by the June 4 order of Additional Sessions Judge, Patiala House Courts.
Safoora Zargar has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act on the allegation that she hatched the criminal conspiracy behind North East Delhi riots which took place during February 23-25.
The Delhi Police has filed a report in the Court stating that Zargar’s plea should be rejected as she was part of conspiracy to “destroy, destabilize and disintegrate the Government of India in order to compel to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the alleged National Register of Citizens”.