Pinjra Tod’s Devangana Kalita Gets Bail In Northeast Delhi Violence Case

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Devangana Kalita and another member of the ‘Pinjra Tod’ group Natasha Narwal were arrested in the month of May by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police and were put behind the bars for various sections of the Indian Penal Code that involved rioting and attempt to murder.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Devangana Kalita who’s a member of the group ‘Pinjra Tod’ in a northeast Delhi violence case, saying the police had no evidence as to prove that she constrained women of a certain community or gave hate speech as she was seen in a peaceful agitation which is her basic right. The agitation held against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) went on for too long with print as well as electronic media present throughout t, in addition to the cameras of the police department, but there’s no evidence.  

The evidence produced constituted statements recorded much belatedly, under section 164 Cr.P.C, though the witnesses allegedly remain present at the spot throughout, the court observed.

The court granted bail to Devangana Kalita on furnishing a personal bond of twenty thousand rupees and a surety of the like amount. Kalita, however, will not be released from jail as she has managed to secure bail in only three of the four cases registered against her. She is yet to secure bail in a case under UAPA [Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act.]

On Tuesday, the High Court announced that the police has failed to produce any material that she in her speech constraining women of a particular community or gave any hatred speed.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait said, “ In my considered opinion, no prejudice would be caused to the respondent’s investigation by the grant of relief to the petitioner, and she would be prevented from suffering further unnecessary harassment, humiliation, and unjustified detention,”

Kalita is an accused in an FIR registered at Jafrabad police station, She is accused by the investigating agency of being a main conspirator behind the violence.

In the order, Justice Kait also said that Devangana Kalita is a student pursuing her higher education and has sufficient standing in a society without any possibility of running away from justice.

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