‘No threat to witnesses’, MBA graduate gets bail in northeast Delhi riot case | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: An MBA graduate, Gulfisha Fatima, an accused in a case of rioting and who also witnessed a man succumbing to gunshot wounds during the northeast Delhi riots, was on Saturday granted bail by a court.
Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat stated that, “There is nothing to suggest that the witnesses are under threat from the concerned applicant. In any case, two public witnesses are protected and their identity concealed. The rest are police personnel.”
Besides arguing that she was “maliciously” booked in the case, Fatima’s counsel, Mehmood Pracha, contended that the co-accused Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal had been granted bail. He added that police had attributed no role to his client, except vague and unsubstantiated allegations that had no nexus with the alleged crime.
Special public prosecutor Rajeev Krishan Sharma opposed the bail plea stating that, under the garb of staging a peaceful protest, she had conspired and constantly instigated locals from December 2019 against CAA, NRC and NPR.
It came on record that a person, Aaman, had died due to the gunshot injury caused by the rioters, leading to filing of the current case.
“The applicant and her associates had opened their office near the protest site at Old Bus Stand, Seelampur, for their core group to hold meetings and discuss further steps for protest and riots,” he added. She was also accused of giving provocative speeches. “They used code words with their group members to convey secret messages regarding further lines of their protest/riot,” the prosecutor submitted. Moreover, a co-accused, Tafsil, was declared a proclaimed offender, he submitted.
The court, however, opined that only because a co-accused had been declared a proclaimed offender, Fatima couldn’t be refused bail for his act and conduct. It also noted that in the present case, Fatima had been in custody since June 3, 2020.
Dealing with another submission of the prosecutor that she was an accused in another FIR of larger conspiracy, the court said, “It is indeed true that applicant is also an accused in the larger conspiracy case bearing FIR No. 59/20. However, the said case is under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and being investigated separately.”
It also pointed out that the present stage was of bail and not acquittal or conviction. “Nothing is shown to suggest that the applicant is a flight risk. Considering the period of her custody in the present case, the ground of parity with regard to co-accused Kalita and Narwal….the present bail application….is allowed and applicant Fatima is admitted to bail on furnishing personal bond of Rs 30,000 with one surety in the like amount,” the court held.

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