In regard to the 24 February northeast Delhi riots case, A Delhi Court granted bail to Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal.
However, she will not be released as she has been booked in another case under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) which is another case related to the riots. The Delhi Police has accused Narwal of instigating the riots.
Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, while granting the bail, noted that the video shown by the prosecution showed Narwal participating in the “unlawful assembly”, but it did not show anything to suggest that she indulged in or incited violence.
The court said, “Prosecution cannot say that till witnesses are examined, accused cannot be released on bail. There is no specific allegation of threat to witnesses, who are, in any case, protected and their identity concealed,”
The court further observed that Narwal did not pose any flight risk and all the witnesses in the case were either police officers or protected witnesses.
The bail was granted on a personal bond of Rs 30,000.
However, Natasha Narwal would not be released from prison as there is another FIR registered against her under the UAPA. She is currently lodged in Tihar central jail.
Narwal and another member of the group, Devangana Kalita were arrested in the case in May this year by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police, and booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including rioting, unlawful assembly and attempt to murder.
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They were also booked under the stringent anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a separate case related to the communal violence, for allegedly being part of the riots.
Pinjra Tod (Break the Cage) was founded in 2015 with an aim to make hostels and paying guest accommodations less restrictive for women students.