Apart from Saifi, bail petitions of Shifa Ur Rehman, Saleem Khan, Meeran Haider, Gulfisha Fatima and Salim Malik are pending before the high court. Delhi Police’s challenge to the trial court order granting bail to former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan in the case is also among the petitions.
On Monday, senior advocate Rebecca John, who was arguing for the grant of bail to Saifi, said the 42-year-old, who was arrested on March 21, 2020 in the present FIR, was managing the protest site at Khureji Khas, but he was not part of any unlawful activity. She stated that Saifi was already on bail in two out of three cases against him related to the riots and the trial court’s finding that the objective of one of the WhatsApp groups that he was a part of was to coordinate a chakka jam was factually incorrect.
John added that “United Against Hate” was formed as a platform to campaign against the politics of hate, and the WhatsApp chats, which form the basis of the police case against him, “have to be taken in their totality” and his contribution in those groups must be seen.
Saifi, Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid and several others were booked under UAPA and IPC for allegedly being the “masterminds” of the February 2020 riots.