Delhi court frames sedition charge against Sharjeel Imam denies him bail

New Delhi Jan 24 PTI A Delhi court on Monday framed charges under sedition against JNU student Sharjeel Imam and denied him bail in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made by him during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA and National Register of Citizens NRC in 2019 Accused is directed to be charged for the offences under sections 124A sedition 153A promoting enmity on grounds of religion 153B assertions prejudicial to national integration 505 statements conducing to public mischief of Indian Penal Code and section 13 punishment for unlawful activities of UAPA Vide separate order the application filed by Sharjeel Imam for grant of regular bail is dismissed Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat orderedAs per the prosecution Imam had allegedly made speeches at Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 2019 and at Aligarh Muslim University on December 16 2019 where he threatened to cut offAssam and the rest of the Northeast from India Imam while seeking bail said that his speeches do not fall within the meaning of Sedition Where is the call of violence How does Sedition come into play The context is to block the roads How is this seditious He called for a greater federal structure That was the intent his lawyer had argued before the courtWhereas the prosecution claimed that his speeches incited hatred contempt and disaffection towards the Central Government and instigated the people which led to the violence in December 2019 In the garb of CAA he Imam exhorted people of a particular community to block highways leading to major cities and resort to chakka jaam Also in the name of opposing CAA he openly threatened to cut off Assam and other Northeastern states from the rest of the country the Delhi Polices charge sheet stated Imam is in judicial custody since January 2020 He is also one of the accused in the Delhi riots conspiracy case In his defense Imam had earlier told the court that he is not a terrorist and his prosecution is a whip of a monarch rather than a government established by law Whereas the prosecution claimed that violent riots took place pursuant to Imams speechDelhi Police had filed a charge sheet against Imam in the case in which it alleged that he allegedly gave speeches inciting hatred contempt and disaffection towards the Central Government and instigated the people which led to the violence in December 2019 PTI AAK RKS RKS

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January 24, 2022

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New Delhi Jan 24 PTI A Delhi court on Monday framed charges under sedition against JNU student Sharjeel Imam and denied him bail in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made by him during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA and National Register of Citizens NRC in 2019 Accused is directed to be charged for the offences under sections 124A sedition 153A promoting enmity on grounds of religion 153B assertions prejudicial to national integration 505 statements conducing to public mischief of Indian Penal Code and section 13 punishment for unlawful activities of UAPA Vide separate order the application filed by Sharjeel Imam for grant of regular bail is dismissed Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat orderedAs per the prosecution Imam had allegedly made speeches at Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 2019 and at Aligarh Muslim University on December 16 2019 where he threatened to cut offAssam and the rest of the Northeast from India Imam while seeking bail said that his speeches do not fall within the meaning of Sedition Where is the call of violence How does Sedition come into play The context is to block the roads How is this seditious He called for a greater federal structure That was the intent his lawyer had argued before the courtWhereas the prosecution claimed that his speeches incited hatred contempt and disaffection towards the Central Government and instigated the people which led to the violence in December 2019 In the garb of CAA he Imam exhorted people of a particular community to block highways leading to major cities and resort to chakka jaam Also in the name of opposing CAA he openly threatened to cut off Assam and other Northeastern states from the rest of the country the Delhi Polices charge sheet stated Imam is in judicial custody since January 2020 He is also one of the accused in the Delhi riots conspiracy case In his defense Imam had earlier told the court that he is not a terrorist and his prosecution is a whip of a monarch rather than a government established by law Whereas the prosecution claimed that violent riots took place pursuant to Imams speechDelhi Police had filed a charge sheet against Imam in the case in which it alleged that he allegedly gave speeches inciting hatred contempt and disaffection towards the Central Government and instigated the people which led to the violence in December 2019 PTI AAK RKS RKS

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