Delhi High Court issues notice on Tahir Hussain’s petition challenging UAPA charges

The Delhi High Court issued notice to the centre, Delhi government and the city police on a petition filed by former Aam Aadmi Party Councillor Tahir Hussain challenging the UAPA charges invoked against him in connection with the Northeast Delhi riots larger conspiracy case on Friday.

A single judge bench comprising of Justice Mukta Gupta asked the Centre, Delhi govt and City police to file a reply to the plea and listed the matter for September 28.

The FIR 59/2020 contains stringent charges under sections 13, 16, 17, 18 of the UAPA. 

Additionally, the petition also sought for setting aside of the approval given by the review committee towards the grant of sanction for prosecution under UAPA provisions invoked against Hussain in the chargesheet.

During the hearing, Advocate Mohit Mathur appearing for Hussain, submitted before the Court that there is no adequate reason accorded under which UAPA charges have been invoked against Hussain.

“Today an act of dissent is being termed as a terrorist activity.” Mathur submitted at the outset.

The others who were in the FIR, include Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider and Shifa-Ur-Rehman, activist Khalid Saifi, Tasleem Ahmed, Shadab Ahmed, Salim Malik, Athar Khan and Mohd Salim Khan.

Subsequently, a supplementary chargesheet was filed in the case against former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and student Sharjeel Imam.

Similarly, on August 6, the court will be hearing the bail petitions filed by Hussain in the two FIRs registered against him in connection with the Delhi riots case.

Over 750 cases were registered over the Northeast Delhi riots last year, in which about 53 people were killed and several others were injured. Atleast 250 charge sheets have been filed in the violence-related cases in which many accused have been included in the charge-sheeted.

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