New Delhi. The Supreme Court, while hearing petitions filed by the Delhi Police against the bail granted to three student activists in a 2020 Delhi riots case, said on Tuesday, “We do not believe in unnecessarily keeping people in jail”. Huh.’ A bench headed by Justice SK Kaul said hearing the bail pleas in the case for hours was a “complete waste” of the Delhi High Court’s time. The bench also includes Justice AS Oka and Justice JB Pardiwala. The bench was hearing petitions challenging the Delhi High Court’s June 15, 2021 verdict, which granted bail to activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha in a case related to communal violence during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. was given.
At the beginning of the hearing, advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the police, requested the bench to adjourn the hearing on the petitions for two weeks, as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is appearing before the constitution bench in a separate matter. The bench fixed January 31 as the next date for hearing in the matter. The bench said that in bail matters, as soon as one goes into the merits of the case, the hearing gets prolonged. A lawyer appearing for the accused said that the police had argued the merits of the case before the High Court.
The court reprimanded, said do not waste time
Advocate Rajat Nair said that the police had only answered the question asked by the High Court whether the act of the accused was a terrorist act or not. Justice Kaul said, ‘You have spent hours in bail matters. This is a complete wastage of the time of the High Court. Do you want full trial in bail matters? I do not understand this.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 17, 2023, 18:18 IST