June 30, 2021
Court said Javed Khan, Naved Khan, Rais Ahmad and Mohd. Imran cannot be incarcerated till the conclusion of the trial which will take a lot of time
New Delhi — Four Muslim men were on Tuesday granted bail in two cases related to Delhi riots of February 2020.
While granting bail in FIR 54/202 Amitabh Rawat, additional sessions judge at Karkardooma court, said that since charge sheet has been filed and investigation completed, all four accused persons cannot be incarcerated till the conclusion of the trial, which will take a lot of time and particularly considering the pandemic.
“Considering the facts and circumstances, period of custody and on the issue of parity, the applications of all the four accused persons namely Javed Khan, Naved Khan, Rais Ahmad and Mohd. Imran are allowed and they are admitted to bail subject to furnishing their personal bonds in the sum ofRs.20,000/ each with one local surety of the like amount,” the bail order said.
Their lawyer Anwar Siddiqui who is associated with APCR said that their release was pending formalities and were likely to walk out of jail on Thursday.
The court also granted bail to the three accused — Javed Khan, Naved Khan and Rahees Ahmad— in FIR 87 of 2020 filed at Jafrabad Police Station.
Giving the same grounds for bail as mentioned in order for FIR 54, the court said, the three accused are allowed and they are admitted to bail subject to furnishing their personal bonds in the sum of Rs.20,000/ each with one local surety of the like amount.
Rais Ahmad, 49, was also granted bail almost four weeks ago on June 4 along with Shabir Ali and Mehtab in another case by Delhi High Court. He was in jail since April 2020, two months after riots struck the national capital killing over 50 people, majority of them Muslim.
A resident of Chauhan Bangar locality in North East Delhi, Rais was first arrested on rioting accusations and then police invoked murder charges against him. The family had however denied the charges.
His counsel stated in the High Court that he was falsely implicated even as he was helping police at the relevant time to maintain peace and harmony when riots took place. In November last year, Clarion India had reported about Rais’ incarceration and his role in assisting police in dealing with communal tensions in north east Delhi.
The counsel further contended that it was legally not allowed to file two FIRs for the same incident.
The High Court while granting bail to the trio noted that the prosecution was not able to prove that the accused were part of the mob that pelted stones causing injuries to Nitin and death of Vinod Kumar.
The bail was granted against a personal bond in the sum of ₹25,000/-each with one surety bond of the like amount.