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Delhi Riots: Umar Khalid Speech In Bad Taste But Doesnt Make It Terrorist Act Says Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court On Umar Khalid: The Delhi High Court...

Delhi High Court On Umar Khalid: The Delhi High Court on Monday said that the language of speech given by former JNU student Umar Khalid in Maharashtra’s Amaravati was not correct, however, it does not make it a terrorist act. Khalid was arrested in February 2020 in a case registered under the UAPA Act relating to an alleged conspiracy to incite riots in Delhi.

The Delhi High Court made this remark during the hearing of Khalid’s bail plea. Khalid has challenged the trial court’s decision to dismiss his bail application on March 24.

A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar said, “The misinterpretation of the language of the speech does not make it a terrorist act. We understand this very well. If the prosecution case is based on how offensive the speech was, it would not in itself be a crime. We will give them (prosecution) an opportunity.

The bench said the speech was “offensive” and “objectionable” and “can be considered defamatory but cannot be termed as terrorist activity”.

The court was hearing the arguments presented by Umar Khalid’s lawyer, in which the speech given by Khalid on 17 February 2020 in Amravati was mentioned. The lawyer also read out the statements made by the protected witnesses in this case. The court has listed the matter for next hearing on July 4.

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