The Allahabad high court on Thursday granted bail to Chandrashekhar Azad, the chief of Bhim Army. He was arrested and implicated in murder, robbery, riot and arson charges under the government’s pressure. A few months ago, he was attacked in the jail also.
The high court found the charges against Bhim Army Chief were politically motivated and granted bail. The court granted bail to three others, as well, saying the charges against all four were politically motivated.
Justice Mukhtar Ahmad sanctioned bail after considering the application filed by Azad and his deputy Kamal Walia.
In Saharanpur, Dalits’ houses were burnt by terrorist Thakurs and then Dalits were implicated in false cases under the pressure of BJP led Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh.
Imam Mabud Khan, Chandrashekhar’s lawyer, told News18, “As you know there were caste-based riots in Saharanpur in which about 50 to 55 houses of Dalits were gutted in fire but only 25 FIRs were registered by the administration and that too after a lot of pressure. To counter these FIR’s by Dalits, the administration lodged counter FIRs against Dalit leaders and students.”
“Due to which Chandrashekhar ‘Ravan’ was arrested from Himachal despite the fact that he was not involved in anything. After hearing today’s arguments the court observed that they were falsely implicated and the charges were politically motivated. Hence, the honourable court granted bail to all of them,” he added.
Update – On Friday, 3rd November 2017, News18 reported that National Security Act has been slapped on Bhim Army Chief.
SSP Saharanpur Babloo Kumar said, “Chandrashekhar, who is already in detention after his alleged involvement in the Saharanpur caste-based violence, has been booked under NSA as per the order of the District Magistrate.”
“The family and the administration have been informed in this regard so that further action could be initiated in this case. Chandrashekhar and other accused were trying to get bail, and they even succeeded in some of the cases, hence this action was taken.”
The NSA empowers the government to detain a person to prevent him from acting in any manner that can lead to compromising the security of the country.
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