NEW DELHI, Nov 01: In view of transfer of Justice Siddharth Mridul as the Manipur Chief Justice, the bail pleas of Sharjeet Imam and others in the Delhi riots cases will be heard afresh the next year. The judge had reserved his orders in the cases.
A special bench headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul, who has now been elevated as the chief justice of the Manipur high court, had reserved its order in three cases – including the bail pleas of Imam, Saifi, Gulfisha Fatima, Meeran Haider, Shadab Ahmed, Athar Khan, Shifa ur Rehman and Salim Khan; and the Delhi police’s appeal to cancel the bail granted to accused Ishrat Jahan.
These cases will be heard afresh by a division bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and Justice Shailender Kaur, which set the start of hearing the appeals between January and February 2024, according to LiveLaw.
The accused, many of whom are activists and students, are facing serious charges under the Delhi police’s FIR 59 of 2020, including those under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The case pertains to the riots that broke out in February 2023, which the Delhi police claim was part of a larger conspiracy to defame the Narendra Modi government.