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Sharjeel Imam may approach lower court for interim bail, Delhi High Court approves

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New DelhiDelhi High Court: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam (Sharjeel Imam) on Thursday to approach the trial court for interim bail on the basis of the Supreme Court’s order to adjourn proceedings in all sedition cases in the country. Sharjeel was arrested in 2019 in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made during demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

A bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and Mini Pushkarna allowed Imam to withdraw his plea seeking interim bail from the High Court. Earlier, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad said that this case is essentially related to Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, in which according to the law, the accused should first go to the lower court for bail and in the case of appeal, the higher. It is necessary to approach the court. Thereafter, Imam’s lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir sought permission to withdraw the application.

The bench said, “The petitioner is permitted to withdraw the application for filing the petition in the trial court.” I was refused bail. Imam has been charged under Section 124A of the IPC, in which he can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to the prosecution, Imam had given purported speeches at Jamia Millia Islamia on 13 December 2019 and Aligarh Muslim University on 16 December 2019 in which he threatened to separate Assam and Northeast from India.

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