In the case of the murder of head constable Rattan Lal during the Delhi Riots of February 2020 [State v. Arif], the Delhi High Court on Monday granted bail to one accused while rejecting release to another.
Justice Subramonium Prasad granted Mohd Saleem Khan’s bail application but denied Mohd Ibrahim’s.
The Court had previously granted bail to Shanawaz and Mohd Ayyub while dismissing Sadiq and Irshad Ali’s bail applications.
The case concerned the assassination of Delhi police chief constable Rattan Lal.
Additional Solicitor General S V Raju had stated that the episode in question was a “frontal attack on police” who were “hopelessly outnumbered” while contesting the bails of Delhi riots suspects.
The Court had previously granted bail to five people, stating that the right to protest and voice disagreement is a basic right in a democratic culture.
“It is the Constitutional duty of the Court to ensure that there is no arbitrary deprivation of personal liberty in the face of excess of State power,” the court held.
Up to now, 8 of the 11 defendants in the case have been granted bail, while three have had their bail applications dismissed.