The Delhi High Court has granted bail to the pregnant Jamia University student and activist, Safoora Zargar. Arrested on April 27, for suspected connections regarding the communal violence in Northeast Delhi case; Safoora was booked under the stringent UAPA anti-terror law.
The M.Phil student of Jamia Millia Islamia University is 23 weeks pregnant and has been granted bail as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta did not oppose the bail plea on ‘humanitarian grounds’.
However, the court has directed her to not get involved in any such activities that can hamper the investigation of the case. She’s also not allowed to leave Delhi and would have to take special permissions if she wishes to do otherwise. She will be required to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of the same amount. It has been directed to her to maintain contact with the Investigating Officer (IO) on his mobile phone, at least once in every 15 days.
A day prior to the court’s hearing, Delhi Police in its Status Report opposed Safoora’s bail plea stating that her pregnancy in no manner mitigates the severity of the offence. Police, in its response, had submitted that as many as “39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi prisons in the last 10 years”.