Former Congress Municipal Councillor Ishrat Jahan has been arrested for allegedly trying to incite people during northeast Delhi violence by giving out arousing speeches. She has been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
A Delhi court on Friday dismissed the bail plea of a former municipal councilor from the Congress Ishrat Jahan, accused of attempt to murder in a case related to violence and rioting in northeast Delhi over the amended citizenship law. The court observed that she did not deserve bail at the present stage of the investigation “despite being a woman”.
Pronouncing the order, the Additional Sessions Judge Naveen Gupta said,
“The nature of the case slapped against Ishrat Jahan is very serious. When the law enforcement personnel are attacked in the manner as reflected in FIR and that too, in full public view, such deeds disintegrates the public confidence in the ability of police officers to do their duty… The accused (Ishrat Jahan), despite being a woman, does not deserve bail at this stage.”
Ishrat Jahan was detained on February 26 for the charges under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault on public servant), 332 (voluntarily causes hurt to public servant), 307 (attempt to murder), 109 (abetment), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act.
Normalcy is also slowly returning to the riot-hit Northeast Delhi after protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent killing earlier in the week killing at least 42 people. A total of 148 FIRs have been registered so far.
As the crackdown on rioters is underway, the Delhi Police has so far arrested 23 people for inciting riots in the national capital while hundreds have taken under preventive detention.
Besides accused of inciting people for violence, Jahan is also held responsible for blocking Khureji Khas road along with other anti-CAA protesters on February 23 (Sunday). She has been demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act for the last 50 days in Khureji Khas area.
During the hearing, the additional public prosecutor, appearing for the police, told the court that Jahan was arrested from the spot of the incident.
“Ishrat Jahan has been specifically named in the FIR. She has claimed herself to be an advocate, hence, she must have instigated the public against the police officials who were discharging their public duty. Moreover, she has criminal antecedent as she was previously involved in obstructing and assault on a public servant in 2014,” the council claimed.