The Delhi Court, under the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act sought by Delhi Police has given a 10 days police custody of Umar Khalid. It stated that he has to be dealt with data of more than 11 Lakh pages.

Additional Session Judge Amitabh Rawat heard the arguments through video conferencing, allowed the application to have a proper and effective investigation.

Counsel on behalf of Umar submitted that this application nowhere says that they want to investigate him. Counsel added that Umar has been interrogated for 5 hours on 31st July and the whole day yesterday.

He further argued that Umar Khalid has throughout cooperated with the authorities during the investigation, and still Police found nothing against him. So, where is the crime? What are they going to obtain from him in these 10 days? The counsel further said that from 23rd to 26th when the riots took place, he was not here in Delhi and he has delivered only one speech and that too in Amravati.

Special Public Prosecutor appearing on behalf of the Delhi Police submitted that under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act the sanctity of investigation has to be kept.

The application has been allowed taking into account the nature of the case and role of Umar Khalid regarding his involvement in the Anti-CAA/NRC protests.

The ASJ has further allowed Umar’s three counsels to meet him daily for up to half an hour.

The court pondering upon the safety of Umar has directed the DCP to make suitable arrangements for his security during this period of 10 days.

After the expiry of his 10 days police custody remand, Umar Khalid will be presented before the court on September 24th, 2020.

Reported By : Pranjal Mundhra

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