On February 4, a Delhi court acquitted Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam in a case. This case was registered under FIR 296 of 2019 related to Jamia violence. The order was given by Special Judge (NDPS) Arun Verma of Delhi’s Saket Court.
What was the matter? Sharjeel Imam was accused of making inflammatory speeches and participating in violence during protests at Jamia Millia Islamia in December 2019. Imam was booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (PIC) and sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP Act).
Imam’s lawyer, Ahmed Ibrahim said, “The order has just been pronounced. This case was related to an incident of violence, during which Sharjeel was not even present. The court understood this and today acquitted him rightly.”
However, Sharjeel Imam is in jail in the ‘larger conspiracy’ case related to the Delhi riots. He has been made an accused under UAPA. The hearing on the bail plea in this case is going on in the Delhi High Court.
On January 28 this year, he had completed his three-year sentence as an undertrial.