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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday, March 21, deferred its order on the bail plea of former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid in a case of larger conspiracy in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots of February 2020.
Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, who was scheduled to pronounce the order on Monday, posted the matter for Wednesday instead, saying the court was not ready.
The court had, on March 3, reserved its order after hearing arguments by the prosecution as well as Khalid’s counsel.
During the arguments, the accused told the court that the prosecution lacked the evidence to prove its case against him.
Khalid and several others have been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for being the “masterminds” behind the February 2020 riots, which had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.
The violence had erupted during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the national capital.
Besides Khalid, activist Khalid Saifi, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain and several others have been booked under the stringent law in the case.
Kalita, Narwal and Zargar have all been released on bail while Hussain had his bail plea denied.