Ground Report | New Delhi | One year of Umar Khalid’s Custody| Former JNU student Umar Khalid, was arrested in the northeast Delhi riots case in September last year. Umar Khalid is in jail since last year without trial. 53 people died in the riots that took place between 23 February and 26 February 2020 in national capital Delhi. According to the Delhi Police’s affidavit, 40 of those killed were Muslims and 13 were Hindus.
Khalid is one of the many youth activists who have been booked in cases related to the violence in Delhi in February. The police invoked the provisions of the UAPA to investigate the alleged “larger conspiracy” behind the riots.
One year of Umar Khalid’s custody
On September 14, 2020, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) alumnus Umar Khalid was arrested in a case registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Umar Khalid has been given 10 days till September 24, 2020, police remand in Delhi violence case.
On October 22, 2020, Umar Khalid was sent to judicial custody by a Delhi court. He was produced in court after his 30-day police custody was over.
On November 20, 2020, A Delhi Court extended the judicial custody of JNU scholar Umar Khalid, till November 23.
On November 24, 2020, Umar Khalid told a Delhi court that his custody was extended “illegally” and “mechanically” in a case related to the northeast Delhi riots. Submissions were made before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dinesh Kumar, who has posted the matter for further hearing on November 27.
On December 02, 2020, A Delhi court extended Umar Khalid’s remand by 14 days, while denying him an opportunity to oppose the police’s plea seeking further remand.
On December 16, 2020, In the North East Delhi violence case,Delhi Court has extended the judicial custody of Umar Khalid by 10 days.
On December 26, 2020, The police filed a supplementary charge sheet against Umar Khalid in the case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dinesh Kumar said sufficient material was available to take action against Khalid in a case related to the communal violence in the Khajuri Khas area in February last year.
On January 05, 2021, After a report claimed that Umar Khalid had allegedly ‘confessed that he had ‘conspired to fuel’ the Delhi riots, the JNU alumnus told the court about the “vicious media campaign” against him. An application has been filed, stating that it is affecting his right. For a free and fair trial.
According to the Indian Express, Khalid appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Dinesh Kumar via a video conference from Tihar Jail and asked how the chargesheets in the Delhi riots cases were “repeatedly leaked” to the media before the accused reached them.
On February 02, 2021: A Delhi court extended Umar Khalid’s remand by 14 days while denying him an opportunity to oppose the police’s plea seeking further remand.
On February 16, 2021, A Delhi court extended Umar Khalid’s remand till March 01, The Delhi police have been investigating “a larger conspiracy” behind the New Delhi riots that broke out in February last year.
On March 01, 2021, Umar Khalid, taking cognizance of the ‘conspiracy’ chargesheet in the Delhi riots case, told the court that the woman and the man accused in FIR 59/2020 by the police were not facing a “media test” but a “curious one”.
Khalid said a report on the first anniversary of the riots had appeared in a newspaper he found in Tihar Jail, which had photographs of some of the accused – Umar Khalid, Khalid Saifi, Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, Meeran Haider, and Asif Iqbal Tanha. Headline- Delhi Dange Ke Bada Gungar. Yeh Hai Woh Chere (Big culprits of Delhi riots. These are those faces).
On March 24, 2021, A Delhi court directed the Tihar Jail superintendent and police personnel to ensure the safety and security of Umar Khalid and other co-accused persons while sending them back to jail from the court including transit for the purpose of their physical products in the Delhi riots yesterday.
On April 15, 2021, A Delhi court granted bail to Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case related to the Khajuri Khas FIR (FIR No. 101/2020), observing that it did not allow him to remain behind bars on the basis of sketch material against him. Noting that the investigation in the matter had been completed and a charge sheet had also been filed.
Though Khalid has been granted bail in the case, he will remain in jail as the former JNU student leader is also accused in a few other cases.
On April 23, 2021, A Delhi court sought a report from the Delhi Police, Special Cell, and Jail Superintendent for presenting “handcuffs in both hands from behind” to Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi on the ground that they are “high-risk prisoners”.
On July 15, 2021, A Delhi court will hear on July 27 a bail plea filed by Umar Khalid in the larger conspiracy to commit Delhi riots involving charges under the UAPA and the Indian Penal Code.
On July 27, 2021, A Delhi court adjourned for August 7 the hearing on the bail plea filed by Umar Khalid in the larger conspiracy to commit Delhi riots involving offenses under the UAPA and the Indian Penal Code. (One year of Umar Khalid’s)
On August 18, 2021, Delhi Court will be hearing a bail application moved by Umar Khalid in connection with the Delhi Riots on August 23.
On August 23, 2021, Seeking bail in the larger conspiracy case of Delhi riots involving charges under UAPA, student activist Umar Khalid told a Delhi court that the entire chargesheet filed by Delhi Police is a fabricated one and the case against him is based on the video clips run by Republic TV and News 18 showing a truncated version of his speech.
The First Information Report (FIR) in the Delhi riots conspiracy case contains stringent charges under Sections 13, 16, 17, 18 of UAPA, Sections 25 and 27 of Arms Act, and Sections 3 and 4 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property. The various offenses included in the Act, 1984, and the Indian Penal Code, 1860 reported Live Law.