New Delhi, Jan 15 : Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau on Wednesday granted bail to 'Bhim army' chief Chandrashekhar Azad, arrested in connection with violence related to Citizenship Amendment Act at old Delhi in December last year.
Prosecution asserted that Azad had organised, on December 20 without the permission of police, a march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar area against the new law to shelter non-Muslims who had fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Azad was arrested by police during the protest and as per order of the court on December 21 remanded to judicial custody.
Defence submitted that there was no evidence against Azad in the First Information Report which alleged that he had instigated the crowd to march to Delhi gate from Jama Masjid and embark on violence. Prosecution submitted that, before a protest, permission should be taken from the authorities concerned .
Counsel for Azad submitted that the FIR against Azad in the Daryaganj violence matter mentions the charges against him in Saharanpur case and there is a constitutional right to protest. The judge asked prosecution what is wrong with protests and which law prohibits agitations in front of any religious place. (UNI)