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Umar Khalid alleges Tihar jail staff put him under solitary confinement, asks court why is he being punished

Written by Anand Mohan J
| New Delhi |

October 22, 2020 4:16:06 pm

Former JNU scholar Umar Khalid

Former JNU scholar Umar Khalid advised a Delhi court docket Thursday that he has been saved below solitary confinement by Tihar Jail authorities for a number of days and requested the court docket why was he being punished. “I want safety however safety can’t be that I can not step out in any respect. This is sort of a punishment, why am I been given this punishment?”, he requested the court docket in the course of the listening to.

Khalid was produced earlier than Further Classes Decide (ASJ) Amitabh Rawat together with co-accused JNU scholar, Sharjeel Imam in reference to a UAPA case filed within the northeast Delhi riots. The court docket then summoned the Jail Superintendant to look earlier than it on Friday.

When the listening to started, Particular Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, showing for the Delhi Police, moved an utility in search of 30 days of judicial custody for Khalid and Imam. ASJ Rawat, nonetheless, knowledgeable Prasad that he was unwell and since he couldn’t have a look at the case recordsdata, he can not grant the request for extension of their judicial custody.

Because the court docket fastened the subsequent date of listening to, Khalid’s counsel Trideep Pais advised the court docket that Umar has been elevating his hand for a while as he needed to say one thing.

When the court docket granted Khalid permission to talk, he advised the court docket, “Your honour, I simply needed to convey your consideration to some occasions which have occurred contained in the jail. I’m conscious that you’ve handed an order on 17 October saying that I’d be given satisfactory safety cowl and can be capable of proceed with my routine each day with none discrimination. Nonetheless, for the final 3-Four days, I’ve been not allowed to step out of my jail cell, it’s virtually solitary confinement. No one is allowed close to my cell. I’m not allowed to step out of my cell. Nobody is allowed to speak to me. I needed to simply convey this to your discover as a result of that is in contravention of your orders”.

Khalid then advised the court docket a few go to by a jail superintendent not too long ago when he was set free for ten minutes. “Within the morning, the jail superintendent visited me and I identified that that is completely not proper what is occurring and that is the grievance I’ve. The superintendent assured me that I (jail cell) ought to be opened. When he was there, I used to be set free for ten minutes, then he left and the jail workers and I’ve not been allowed exterior ever since. That is solitary confinement, I’ve additionally not been effectively for the previous Three days and never been allowed to stroll…as my consolation. I want safety however safety can’t be that I can not step out in any respect. This is sort of a punishment, why am I been given this punishment?” Khalid mentioned.

Khalid additionally advised the court docket that he was not allowed to talk on to the choose throughout video conferencing hearings by the jail workers. “I’d additionally such as you to inform the jail workers to unmute me. As a result of once they needed to talk to you they weren’t unmuting me and mentioned that until and till a choose asks you to unmute, we will’t permit”.

ASJ Rawat directed the jail workers sitting beside Khalid to look earlier than the digicam and advised him, “If the inmate desires to say one thing then inform the court docket and name the jail superintendent tomorrow.”

On September 24, the court docket had despatched Khalid to judicial custody after he was allowed to satisfy his dad and mom one final time earlier than getting into the jail premises.

Khalid has been arrested in reference to a UAPA case investigated by the Particular Cell of Delhi Police.

In keeping with police, an FIR was registered in opposition to Khalid on March 6 primarily based on data supplied by an informer to sub-inspector Arvind Kumar of the narcotics unit of the Crime Department. As per the FIR, Kumar mentioned the informer advised him that the Northeast Delhi riots in February was a part of a “premeditated conspiracy” allegedly hatched by Khalid, one Danish, and two others related to totally different organisations.

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