Delhi High Court grants Safoora Zargar bail in Delhi Riots case
The Delhi High Court today granted activist Safoora Zargar bail in the case against her related to the North-East Delhi riots that took place earlier this year.
The order was passed by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajiv Shakhder via video conferencing.
When the matter was heard today, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the prosecution would not object to Zargar being released on regular bail, on "humanitarian grounds".
SG Mehta emphasized that the concession was being given without conceding to the assertions made by Zargar in her reply and without creating any precedent.
SG Mehta suggested that the bail should be subject to conditions, including one that Zargar would not visit Delhi. Advocate Nitya Ramakrishna, appearing for Zargar, however, objected to this condition.
In the meantime, Advocate Richa Kapoor, appearing for the Delhi government, pointed out that the procedure for appointment of special counsel was not followed.
However, Justice Shakhder made it clear,
"We are not going to get into this. Petitioner's interest should not be jeopardized."
After taking note of SG Mehta's submissions, the Court proceeded to grant bail to Zargar on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and surety of the like amount.
The Court has imposed the following conditions for bail:
- Zargar will not indulge in any activity for which she is being investigated which may infract the law.
- She will refrain from influencing witness.
- She will not hampering the investigation.
- She will not leave the National Capital region without seeking permission of the court concerned.
Additionally, Zargar has also been directed to be in touch with the investigating officer through mobile phone once every 15 days.