Delhi Court Orders To Provide Security To JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid In Prison

Activist Umar Khalid informs Delhi Court that he is being kept in ‘Solitary Confinement’.

A Delhi court has sent former JNU student leader Umar Khalid to judicial custody for 14 days in a case related to the communal violence in north east Delhi in February and directed prison authorities to provide him adequate security.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dev Saroha sent him to jail after he was produced before the judge on expiry of his police custody in the case related to riots in Khajuri Khas area.

The court directed the Jail Superintendent to provide adequate security to Khalid while taking proper precautions that no harm should be caused to him.

It had earlier sent him to police custody for three days in the case. Khalid was arrested under the stringent anti-terror law — Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act– in a separate case related a larger conspiracy in the north east Delhi riots. In application filed through his counsel advocate Trideep Pais, Khalid sought adequate security in prison so that he is not harmed by anyone in judicial custody.

In the plea, Pais sought that Khalid may be permitted to communicate with his family, friends and relatives in accordance with jail rules. Khalid also submitted that he has not signed any statements or documents during his police custody. The application sought permission for two legal interviews a week with his counsel using video conferencing facility for at least 30 minutes on each occasion outside the audible range of prison officials.

Khalid requested headphones to maintain the privacy of his conversation between him and his counsel and the facility to share screen on the Cisco Webex platform. He sought permission to leave his cell early morning and be locked up at dusk in compliance with the Delhi prison rules, 2018, with adequate security arrangements and not to be confined to his cell for an extended period of time. The application further said that he may be permitted to keep his spectacles while in judicial custody and obtain books and reading material from outside, which was not limited to academic books.