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Labour Rights Activist Nodeep Kaur Gets Bail in Second Case

The 23-year-old activist will remain in Karnal jail as her bail plea in yet another case, registered on January 12, was rejected earlier by a sessions court.

New Delhi: Labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur was granted bail on Monday in a second case registered against her, said her counsel. Kaur’s advocate Jatinder Kumar told the Indian Express bail had been granted “subject to furnishing of bail bonds of Rs 50,000”.

The 23-year-old activist will, however, have to remain in Karnal jail as her bail plea in yet another case, registered on January 12, was rejected earlier by a sessions court.

“Bail bonds have not been furnished yet as there is still one FIR whose bail application is pending before the High Court, so even if we furnish the bail bond in this, she cannot be released until bail is granted in the remaining case as well. That is why we have kept the bail pending and as soon as we get orders from the High Court in that case, we will furnish the bail bonds together,” Kumar told the newspaper.

Kaur is facing three cases that include charges of attempt to murder and extortion. She is a member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan and a resident of Giadarh village in Punjab’s Muktsar district.

She, along with others, were arrested on January 12 for allegedly gheraoing an industrial unit and demanding money from the company in Sonipat district, the Haryana police had earlier said.

Kaur has two separate cases of extortion registered against her.

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She was granted bail in a case registered on January 12 under various sections of IPC and for extortion. The same court had on Thursday granted her bail in another case registered on December 28 also under IPC sections for extortion and other charges, her counsel said.

The activist continues to remain in jail in another case which has been registered under various IPC sections, including attempt to murder.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has written to the Haryana government seeking its reply on charges that Kaur is being illegally confined.

On Thursday, Punjab minister Aruna Chaudhary had urged the National Commission for Women to intervene and ensure the release of Nodeep Kaur.

The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes had on February 8 asked an additional chief secretary in the state to intervene in the matter and ensure relief to her at the earliest.

Kaur’s case also received global attention after Meena Harris, the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, tweeted in her support.

Kaur’s sister Rajveer has said that they will be approaching the high court in the case where bail was denied. “We have already initiated an application regarding the matter in the High Court. We will not rest until Nodeep is released; she is innocent,” she said.

Kaur’s family had earlier alleged that she had been tortured and molested in custody. Her sister had told The Wire then that the attack on Kaur by the police and company owners is not just because of her activism but also because she is a Dalit woman.

(With PTI inputs)