A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. He has been accused of inciting people at Jama Masjid on 20 December, who were protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 which got notified in the gazette on 10 January.
The conditional bail has been granted by the Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau of Tis Hazari district court . The condition imposed while granting bail restrains Azad from visiting Delhi for 4 weeks. The bail order also entails that he is barred from participating and conducting any dharna for a month.
In accordance with the court’s order, Azad shall be escorted back to his native place Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh for a month. Though the court has allowed him to pay obeisance at Jama Masjid within next 24 hours. Azad had earlier announced that he would visit Jama Masjid on his release, and his advocate Mehmood Pracha requested the court to allow the same.
While narrating the condition for the bail, the ASJ remarked that, “these are special circumstances. I do not want any trouble during Delhi elections."
Pracha argued in the court that there are security threats to life of Azad in UP. The judge ensured necessary protection to him and allowed Azad to seek modification in the conditions as and when he provides some other verified address.
Azad's outfit had called for a protest march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on 20 December, without police permission.
Other 15 people arrested in the case were granted bail by the court on 9 January.