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SC bins plea against activist bail

The Delhi police had challenged the decision citing that the Pinjra Tod member could tamper with evidence
Supreme Court of India

Our Legal Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 29.10.20, 01:04 AM

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Delhi police’s appeal challenging the bail granted to JNU activist and Pinjra Tod member Devangana Kalita in a case related to the communal violence in Northeast Delhi in February this year.

The top court rejected the probe agency plea that she would tamper with the evidence.

“It is only a grant of bail. How can you say she will tamper evidence? She is not going to run away,” a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah observed.

Additional solicitor-general S.V. Raju, appearing for Delhi police, in the plea claimed that the activist was highly influential and she would tamper with the evidence.

“How can influence of a person be a ground to deny bail to an accused?” Justice Shah asked.

The court, however, said the investigating agency was free to approach it for cancellation of bail, if at a later stage the police gather any information about her tampering of evidence.

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