Azad gets bail but asked not to hold dharna till elections

Updated: Jan 16, 2020, 09:05 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

The court also said that before going to Saharanpur if Azad wants to go anywhere, including Jama Masjid in Delhi in 24 hours, police would escort him there

Protesters demand the release of Azad on Dec 27, 2019. File pic/AFP
Protesters demand the release of Azad on Dec 27, 2019. File pic/AFP

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad who has been accused of inciting people during an anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid here on December 20, while restraining him from visiting Delhi for four weeks. The court further directed him not to hold any dharna in the national capital till the elections and said that "the nation cannot be exposed to anarchy".

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau granted the relief to Azad on furnishing a bail bond of '25,000 with two sureties of like amount. The court also said that before going to Saharanpur if Azad wants to go anywhere, including Jama Masjid in Delhi in 24 hours, police would escort him there.

"There is no material in the form of CCTV footage or audio recordings to prima facie show the direct involvement of the accused with the alleged violence and it was admitted by the police that the CCTV footage upon which they were placing their reliance was of a very poor quality which does not even reflect the presence of other accused who have already been granted bail," the judge said. Special circumstances call for special conditions, the judge said. During the verdict pronouncement, the counsel for Azad, advocate Mehmood Pracha, said the Bhim Army chief faces threat in Uttar Pradesh.

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