NEW DELHI, AUGUST 26—Jawaharlal Nehru University’s PHD scholar Sharjeel Imam, who was lodged in Guwahati Central Jail, has been brought to Delhi by the Delhi Police Special Cell in northeast Delhi riots case, The Indian Express has reported.
The 31-year-old student was arrested by the Delhi police on charges under IPC sections 124-A(sedition), 153-A(promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc) and 505(statements conducive to public mischief) in connection with a speech he delivered at Aligarh Muslim University during anti-CAA protest. In his speech, he allegedly spoke about how Assam and northeastern states could be cut-off from the rest of India.
Besides Delhi, police in Assam, UP, Manipur and many other states also booked cases of sedition against him.
He was first arrested by the Delhi police on January 28 from Bihar’s Jahanabad in connection with two cases of violence at Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 and 15 on charges of instigating the violence by giving allegedly inflammatory speech during protest against CAA and NRC on December 13.
He was later on taken to Guwahati on remand for questioning in connection with the case registered against him in Assam and other northeastern states.
Subsequently, he was booked in northeast Delhi riots case as well and charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) were also slapped against him by the Delhi Police Special Cell.
The Delhi Police wanted to bring him back to Delhi in the riots case on July 21. However, Imam was tested to be Covid-19 positive and hence, he was allowed to stay in Guwahati jail itself till the recovery of his health.