Umar Khalid has sought bail on the grounds of time spent in jail and absence of prima facie case.

After the announcement of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), 751 FIRs have been registered regarding the violence in Delhi. Khalid is accused in FIR 59 on charges of conspiring to riot. His lawyer said that a witness (Sierra) had claimed that acid sachets were thrown, but in none of the FIRs did the police mention the recovery of these sachets, acid injuries or burns.

The lawyer also highlighted that this was the strongest statement against Khalid, but there was no evidence to support it. He cited the Vernon Gonsalves case, where the Supreme Court had said that “no material has been produced before us by the NIA (National Investigation Agency) that the appellants are members of a terrorist organisation”. Paes said Khalid’s case is similar as there is no material to support the terror claim against him.

The prosecution has claimed that Khalid was a “silent whisperer”, but this is all from the “fertile imagination of the chargesheet writer”, said Paes. He said the prosecution had mentioned Khalid’s messages in one of the WhatsApp groups (DPSG) in the charge sheet to allege a conspiracy, where Khalid had sent just five messages, one of which was in relation to the protests. There was a forwarded message from a police officer, asking him to do so. edge off.

Only a few people from both the WhatsApp group and the meeting have been named accused. Neither those who opened the group nor those who argued most were charged by police, Pace said, adding that participation in the meeting was not illegal, and the contents of the meeting were unknown to prosecutors.