CAA has created a lot of scenes around the nation since the day it was uttered by the government. The government’s disproportionate application of draconian laws, divisive media reporting, and jail terms for students and activists were some of the main highlights in the year 2020. Several activists and academics have been either arrested or booked under counter-terrorism law, sedition, and other laws, for merely expressing their discontent against the CAA in 2020.
Delhi riots that occurred in February are an instance and have marked history. Thereafter during the riot, several anti-CAA activists and students have been arrested by the police last year and imprisoned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). But eventually, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, as well as Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) student Asif Iqbal Tanha in alliance with the main affair case.
While granting bail The Delhi High court said, “Having bestowed our anxious consideration to the allegations 6/16/2021 Police files appeal in SC challenging Delhi HC order granting bail to Pinjra Tod activists contained in charge-sheet dated September 16, 2020, and the material adduced therewith, we do not think that the accusations made against the appellant under sections 15, 17, and/or 18 of the UAPA are prima facie true.”
Well, The Supreme Court refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s order. It said, reading down anti-terror law is an important issue and may have pan-India ramifications. People after knowing the decision are seeking justice for the activists and urging SC to take a decision on their behalf and give freedom. Delhi Police unsatisfied appealed more time for the verification process before releasing them on bail.
Giving bail to the activists is somewhere the right decision. The government can not always take decisions based on draconian laws. It embarks the freedom of a human being to speak, to stand for their opinion. Laws should treat every person equally and giving bail to them is a hope of a better future in the country.
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An opinion by Sanghamitra Deb, The North-Eastern Chronicle