New Delhi— Dalit youth icon and Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad was granted bail by a Delhi court on Wednesday (Jan 15), more than three weeks after he was arrested from the stairs of the historic Jama Masjid in the city for allegedly inciting a crowd that was protesting against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
Additional Sessions Judge Dr. Kamini Lau of the Tis Hazari courts imposed four conditions for his release on bail. Azad, through his counsel and eminent lawyer Mahmood Pracha, accepted the conditions, including one that he would stay out of Delhi for four weeks. However, he expressed a wish which was granted by the judge.
Azad was arrested from the stairs of Jama Masjid in the wee hours of December 21. Before leaving Delhi in 24 hours after his release from jail (likely on Jan 16) as per the court order, the Bhim Army chief wants to pay obeisance at Jama Masjid, and also at Jor Bagh Karbala and Guru Ravidas Temple. The court granted his wish.
Police had booked and arrested him under various charges including incitement to violence. However, they could not present any proof that could satisfy the court and consequently, Azad was granted bail on furnishing a personal bond to the tune of Rs 25,000-/ with two sureties of the like amount, besides the four conditions.
Azad’s four bail conditions are:
-He will mark his presence before the SHO, Police Station Fatehpur, Saharanpur District in Uttar Pradesh on every Saturday for next four weeks
-In view of Assembly Elections in Delhi, he (who is neither a permanent resident nor an elector in Delhi) shall not visit Delhi for next four weeks except for medical treatment after due information to police authorities.
-He will surrender his passport, if any, with the investigating officer.
-He will intimate to the court in case of change of his address.