The Hon’ble Delhi high court while observing the suit against Asif Iqbal Tanha, Natasha Narwal & Devangana Kalita under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (hereinafter referred to as “UAPA, 1967”) act found that no prima facie offense could be traced out against the three in the Delhi riots conspiracy case. The Hon’ble court further noted that the protest that held last year in Delhi against the Citizenship amendment act was not banned or outlawed.
The Hon’ble two-judge High Court bench consisting of Hon’ble Justice Siddharth Mridul and Hon’ble Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani after a precursory analysis of the charge framed against them observed that the accusation do not prima facie constitute the alleged UAPA, 1967 offenses that constitute terrorist activities under section 15, 17, and 18. The court further noted that the protest by them was monitored by law enforcement agencies. Further, the organizations headed by three are not banned.
This pronouncement is a part of the charge sheet that was filed by Delhi police against them alleging that protest by them under CCA was a part of a larger conspiracy and the communal riot that took place last week in North East Delhi is the outcome of it.