New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday has opposed any relief to the jailed student of Jamia, Safoora Zargar. The Police told the High Court that Safoora Zargar cannot be given preferential treatment because she was not the only pregnant woman accused.
The Police filed a status report in the court. They maintained in the court that a clear case has been formed against Zargar. She could not be given bail as she had committed grave offenses. These offenses were planned and executed meticulously and surreptitiously by her.
Safoora Zargar was arrested under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act). This was in relation to the communal violence which took place during the protests against CAA in northeast Delhi. The grounds risen by her involves her 23 weeks of pregnancy as a reason for bail.
The police said that as far as the grounds of pregnancy are being raised, she is being given proper care during her custody. The police also added that in the past 10 years, 39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi prisons.
The Delhi Police also said that no exception is carved out for an inmate who is pregnant. Someone who is accused of a heinous crime. She cannot be released on bail merely because of her pregnancy. The police also argued that the act of rearing of life should have been a check on such activities which could, and in fact did, destruction of life and property on a large-scale.
Advocates Amit Mahajan and Rajat Nair filed the police’s reports. The advocates claimed that they have strong, cogent, reliable, and sufficient material that can prove the direct involvement of the accused. Zargar is an MPhil student at Jamia Milia Islamia University.
Safoora Zargar was a Jamia coordination committee member. She was arrested by the Special Cell on April 10. She had challenged the trial court’s order of June 4 which had denied her bail in the High Court.
Safoora Zargar is implicated as being the co-conspirator in the crime of instigation of disruption on a large-scale and riots. All this happened not only in Delhi but also in other parts of the country. A report filed by the DCP Special Cell has informed the High Court that the WhatsApp chats, witness statements, statements of co-accused, they prove the accused’s involvement.
The police have claimed that the protests were organized along the footsteps of the “Shaheen Bagh Chakka-jaam” model. As result, 21 protest sites were converted to Chakka-jaam. This resulted in heightened tension and riots in different parts of the capital.
A day’s time has been asked for by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi. They urged Justice Rajiv Shakdher to provide them a day’s time. they said that if they were given indulgence, it will be in the larger interest.
The Court had conducted the hearing through videoconferencing. Zargar’s counsel said that she had no objection. Therefore, the court allowed the request made by the Solicitor General and listed the matter for hearing on Tuesday.