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Student protester Safoora Zargar has been granted bail on humanitarian grounds

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The Delhi High Court on the 23rd of June 2020, Tuesday allowed bail to Safoora Zargar, a 27-year-old student of Jamia Milia Islamia University under custody for an alleged conspiracy behind Delhi riots, after the Central Government stated that it had no objection to her release on humanitarian grounds.

There were widespread concerns raised about the incarceration of Zargar, who is in the 23rd week of her pregnancy, in the overcrowded Tihar prison amid COVID-19. She was arrested on the 10th of April 2020.

On Tuesday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that without going into the merits of the plea, and without considering this as a precedent, the State has no problem with Safoora being released on bail provided she doesn’t indulge in activities she’s being investigated for.

Safoora should also remain in Delhi, insisted on the Solicitor General.

Advocate Nithya Ramakrishnan, appearing for Zargar, submitted that she might have to go to Faridabad to consult her doctor.

Based on the Centre’s concession, a bench of Justice Rajiv Shakhdher granted regular bail to Safoora on furnishing a personal bond of ₹10k provided she had to follow certain rules like not engaging in activities for which she is being investigated. She should refrain from hampering the 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.

Zargar’s bail application has been rejected many times. She has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act on the allegation that she hatched the criminal conspiracy behind the riots which happened in North East Delhi during February 23-25.

The Delhi Police has filed a report in the Court stating that Zargar is ‘disposed towards creating turmoil’, and that she was part of a 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”.