HC permits Sharjeel Imam to approach trial court for interim bail based on SC sedition order

Updated: few hours ago

New Delhi, May 26 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Thursday permitted JNU student Sharjeel Imam to approach a trial court for interim bail on account of a Supreme Court order to keep in abeyance proceedings in all sedition cases in the country.

Imam was arrested in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made by him during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in 2019.

A bench headed by Justice Mukta Gupta allowed Imam to withdraw his application seeking interim bail from the high court after special public prosecutor Amit Prasad said while the case essentially pertained to section 124A (sedition) of the IPC, the law required the accused to first move the trial court for bail and approach the high court in case of an appeal.