The Special Cell of Delhi Police on 25 August arrested JNU PhD scholar Sharjeel Imam in connection with north-east Delhi riots in February this year under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He was brought back to Delhi from Assam on 23 August on a production warrant.
In the charge sheet filed by Delhi Police in April, Imam was charged with sedition before a court in Delhi for allegedly inciting people to indulge in “activities detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of the country”. The charge sheet had alleged that Iman openly defied the constitution and called it a “fascist” document.
Sharjeel Imam had also urged Muslims to cut off Assam from the rest of India and block the passage of the Indian Army in case the force was pressed into service to redeem the situation.
Before he was brought back to Delhi, Sharjeel Imam was lodged in Guwahati Jail for an alleged inflammatory speech at an anti-CAA protest last year. He tested COVID-19 positive on 21 July.
Sharjeel Imam is an accused in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches during the protests against CAA and NRC and was currently lodged in Guwahati jail in a case related to UAPA registered by the Assam police.
Delhi Police on 25 July had filed a chargesheet against Imam in connection with a case related to his alleged inflammatory speeches during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at several places.
Sharjeel Imam, 31, was earlier arrested in Bihar’s Jahanabad by the Delhi Police. He was charged under IPC sections 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, etc) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) over a speech he delivered at AMU, where he allegedly threatened to “cut off” Assam and the rest of the Northeast from India. Besides Delhi, police in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have booked him on charges of sedition.
Imam has already been arrested in two cases of violence at Jamia on 13 and 15 December, for instigating and abetting the Jamia riots, due to his seditious speech on 13 December.