Pinjara Tod activist Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal gets bail

The Delhi High court granted bail to activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha on Tuesday in the northeast Delhi riots conspiracy case.

The court has granted bail to the three accused subject to provide Rs 50,000 personal bonds with two local guarantors each.

During the hearing , the bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and A J Bhambhani said, “We are constrained to express, that it seems, that in its anxiety to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity seems to be getting somewhat blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy.”

Devangana Kalita is facing trial in four cases and Natasha in three. They have now been granted bail in all cases. Their lawyer, Adit Pujari said they will be released from jail.

Jamia Millia Islamia University student Tanha was recently granted a two-week interim custody bail to attend his examinations at the university.

His lawyers had challenged that he was not present in Delhi during the riots and did not visit any of the protest sites where rioting and violence occurred, and there was no physical confirmation relating Tanha to the riots and no allegations with respect to any funds being received by him for terrorist activities.