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Delhi Riots conspiracy case – Karkardooma Court denies bail to Umar Khalid

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New Delhi. A Delhi court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea filed by former JNU scholar Umar Khalid in relation to Delhi riots conspiracy case.

Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Bajpai of the Karkardooma Court dismissed Khalid’s plea.

Khalid approached the trial court after the withdrawal of his bail plea before the Supreme Court on February 14, 2024 citing a change in circumstances.

A Supreme Court bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal was slated to hear the matter on February 14 when Khalid’s counsel Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, informed the Court that the bail plea was being withdrawn.

“We wish to withdraw due to change of circumstances and move the trial court for appropriate relief,” Sibal had said.

Khalid was arrested in September 2020 and charged with criminal conspiracy, rioting, unlawful assembly as well as several other offences under the UAPA. He has been in jail since then.

The trial court had first denied bail to Khalid in March 2022. He then approached the High Court which also denied him relief in October 2022, prompting him to file an appeal before the top court.

In May 2023, the Supreme Court sought the response of the Delhi Police in the matter. His plea before the top court was then adjourned 14 times.

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