Detained in jail despite being granted bail by the High Court in the Delhi riots case, student activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha have moved the Delhi High Court again seeking immediate release.
The students, in their applications filed before the High Court, have argued that the Trial Court delaying their orders in spite of the bail granted by the High Court was a violation of their fundamental rights.
The matter is likely to be considered by a bench comprising Justices Sidharth Mridul and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani today.
As per the plea, all the sureties and their bonds and their FDs have been placed before the Additional Sessions Judge.
On Wednesday, Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Bedi of Karkardooma Courts had deferred the order on their release citing “heavy board” after the Delhi Police sought time for verification of the addresses of the accused and their sureties.
As per a High Court order, the lawyers for the students said, “..the continuing custody of the Applicant, despite the clear mandate of law, beyond 24 hours since the direction to verify sureties, is illegal, and the Applicant merits release forthwith.”
The Delhi Police had stated that the outstation permanent addresses of the student activists need to be verified for the purpose of their release.
It could not be completed due to paucity of time, the Delhi Police said in the application filed before the Court.
Apart from this, the Delhi Police also seeks directions to the UIDAI to verify the Aadhar card details of the sureties.
The Delhi Police had filed chargesheet against Pinjra Tod activists Kalita and Narwal, and Students’ Islamic Organisation activist Tanha under the UAPA anti-terror law for their alleged role in the Delhi riots last year.
In a related development, the Delhi Police on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court challenging the aforesaid bail orders.