The Allahabad High Court has granted bail to JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case registered by the Uttar Pradesh police. This concerned his allegedly provocative speech on December 13, 2019, which was shared on social media. In Aligarh, the police had registered an FIR against him under sections 124A (sedition) of the IPC (sedition), 153A (promoting the grounds of enmity of religion, race), 153B (making statements provoking violation of public order) and 505 (2) (statements made which are alarming, false intention to create disharmony).
Controversial remarks from Sharjeel Imam: If we have 5 lakhs organized, we can cut North East India permanently or at least for a month. Put so (unclear) on the road that they can’t even take it off for a month. It is our responsibility to isolate Assam from India, only then will they listen to us. “15 2019, during the protests against the Law to Amend the Citizenship Law.”
While securing bail in cases filed in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the activist was denied bail by Judge Anuj Agrawal on October 22 as part of an FIR filed by the Delhi police concerning the same speech. On November 2, the Karkardooma court reserved its order on the JNU student’s bail application in a UAPA case registered by Delhi police. At present, the Imam is languishing in Tihar Prison and also faces charges in the Delhi Riots Plot case.