After almost a year of being in Jail, Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and a student from Jamia University, Asif Iqbal Tanha were finally granted bail yesterday evening, after The High Court observed that the government had blurred the lines between constitutional right to protest and terrorist activity in its anxiety to suppress dissent.
The three of them were arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the Delhi riots case.
In a recent turn of events, the Delhi Police has challenged the city high court’s bail order in a Special Leave Petition filed before the Supreme Court.
In its statement, the Delhi Police said that, “We are not satisfied with the interpretation of the provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act by the Hon’ble High Court in a matter concerned with grant of bail.
We are proceeding with the filing of a Special Leave Petition before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.”
They also argued upon the fact that the high court has passed the judgement without paying due diligence to the evidence mentioned in the charge sheet.
According to the police, there is enough evidence that establishes the allegations of conspiracy of widespread violence, including social media posts and WhatsApp messages.
After granting bail to all three of the political prisoners on Tuesday, the High Court had said, “We are constrained to express that it seems that in its anxiety to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity seems to be getting somewhat blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy.”
Not agreeing with the decision made by the High Court, the Delhi Police has sought an urgent hearing in the matter. Since the court is closed and no vacation bench is available as of now, the request for urgency has been made by the police.