JNU PhD scholar Sharjeel Imam now arrested for Delhi riots

Before he was brought back to Delhi, Imam was lodged in Guwahati Jail for an alleged inflammatory speech at an anti-CAA protest last year
Sharjeel Imam

The Special Cell of Delhi Police Tuesday arrested JNU PhD scholar Sharjeel Imam in connection with Northeast Delhi riots in February this year under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He was brought back to Delhi from Assam on Sunday on a production warrant.

In the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in April, Imam was charged with sedition before a court in Delhi for allegedly inciting people to indulge in “activities detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of the country”. The chargesheet had alleged that Iman openly defied the Constitution and called it a “fascist” document.

Before he was brought back to Delhi, Imam was lodged in Guwahati Jail for an alleged inflammatory speech at an anti-CAA protest last year. He tested Covid-19 positive on July 21.

Imam, 31, was earlier arrested in Bihar’s Jahanabad by the Delhi Police on January 28. He was charged 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 conducing to public mischief) over a speech he delivered at AMU, where he allegedly threatened to “cut off” Assam and the rest of the Northeast from India. Besides Delhi, police in UP, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have booked him on charges of sedition.

Imam has already been arrested in two cases of violence at Jamia on December 13 and 15, for instigating and abetting the Jamia riots, due to his seditious speech on December 13.

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