Dr Kafeel Khan got arrested on January 29, 2020, and he is still in jail. The Allahabad HC said that they will hear a fresh bail petition of him on July 27, however, the court postponed the hearing for August 5.
Dr Kafeel Khan is booked by the UP Government under NSA(National Security Act). He delivered a speech in AMU regarding the anti-CAA protest on December 12, 2019. An FIR was registered on him under 153A of IPC, alleging that his speech disturbed communal harmony and destroyed peace.
After his arrest on January 29, 2020, he was granted bail on February 10. However, he was not released despite three release orders from the magistrate. 3 days later he was charged under NSA.
The three-month NSA preventive detention cited his AMU speech as a reason for the violence between students and police that transpired on December 15.
According to Kafeel’s family, he is being grounded as he became a voice of dissent.
Delhi-based lawyer Sarim Naved told ThePrint that the “problem with the NSA is that it gives all the discretion to the executive”, reported ThePrint. The Print further wrote what Naved said that a strict judicial intervention is required when the executive misuses these very powerful powers.
Naved also asserted as written by ThePrint that the NSA is “not meant for people like Kafeel Khan”.
“NSA is meant for people who are literally such a threat that the authorities needn’t bother with the niceties of the criminal law… Some doctor, who gave some speech in Aligarh, cannot come within this definition,” he said.
Khan’s initial NSA detention ended in May. But, the UP government extended his detention for another three months. This is because the government can pass the detention order only for a maximum of three months but the overall detention can be for 12 months.
Meanwhile, the United Nations, the Progressive Medicos and Scientists Forum and about 100 IAS, IPS and IFS officers demanded the release of Dr Khan from the preventive detention. Over one lakh people supported #ReleaseOurDrKafeel, which trended on social media last week.