The bail plea of Pinjar Tod activist Devangana Kalita was denied by a Delhi court.

Kalita has been charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the Delhi riots.

She was arrested on June 5 and was then remanded to judicial custody after three days in connection with the case.

According to Delhi Police, Devangana Kalita played an important role in spreading the riots through a pre-planned, multi-layered and deep-rooted conspiracy.

“I have no hesitation to hold that there is reasonable ground for believing that the accusations against the accused are prima facie true. I do not find a reason to grant bail to Devangana Kalita,” noted Additional Sessions, Judge Amitabh Rawat, in an order dated August 28.

During the proceedings, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad said that a multi-layered and deep-rooted conspiracy was hatched to cause communal riots in the national capital.

Appearing on the behalf of Kaltia Advocate Adit S. Pujari told the court that there is the wrong invocation of stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in the case.

“Section 15 of UAPA would not apply for any activity against the government but will be attracted if it is an offence against India,” he said.

“Moreover, blockage of the road would not per se be covered by UAPA,” he added.

However, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said that the provision of UAPA has been rightly invoked in the case.

It may be mentioned here that Devangana Kalita and another member of the group for their alleged role in the anti-CAA protests, which led to violent clashes in the Jafrabad area during the riots in North-East Delhi earlier this year, were arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police in May.

Moreover, she was also arrested in two other cases related to the Delhi riots.

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