The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to activist Devangana Kalita in a case related to violence in northeast Delhi in February 2020.

The High Court also granted bail to two other activists Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha in the same case.

Devangana, a resident of Assam, was booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in the Delhi riots case.

The trio was granted bail by a division bench of Justices Sidharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani of the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.

The bail is subject to personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two local sureties, said a media report.

According to the conditions of the bail, the three should surrender their passports and would not indulge in activities that would hamper the case.

While Devangana Kalita and Narwal are members of women’s rights group Pinjra Tod Collective, Tanha is a student from Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Narwal and Kalita are PhD scholars at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and are associated with the Pinjra Tod
Collective.

They had been in custody since May 2020. Earlier, Narwal was allowed interim bail to attend the last rites of her father, who died recently.

In the FIR (59/2020) lodged by Delhi Police in the Delhi riots conspiracy case, a total of 15 people were named including Kalita, Tanha and Narwal.

The Delhi Police claimed that Tanha had played an active role in orchestrating the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

A court in New Delhi in January 2021 rejected the bail plea of Devangana Kalita in the Delhi riots case.

The Delhi court in January while rejecting her bail application said the allegations against her were prima facie and provisions of the anti-terror law were rightly invoked in the case.

Devangana Kalita was arrested in the case for allegedly being part of a premeditated conspiracy behind the Delhi riots.

Communal violence broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24, 2020 after clashes between the supporters of CAA and the protesters spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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