MHA gives nod to prosecute Umar Khalid under UAPA in Delhi riots case

Umar Khalid

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod to probe former JNU student leader and activist Umar Khalid under the stringent anti-terror law UAPA.

Sanction has been given to prosecute Umar Khalid and others under the UAPA law in the Delhi riots case. Umar Khalid was arrested by Delhi Police in riots case.

As per law, sanction from MHA needs to be taken before an individual can be prosecuted under UAPA.

Umar Khalid was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a separate case related to a larger conspiracy in the northeast Delhi riots in February 2020.

Delhi Police has filed a 17,500-page long chargesheet against 15 people for “propagating violence” during the Delhi riots in February. The chargesheet has been filed under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The police have attached WhatsApp chats from February 24, when the riots were underway.

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