Sharjeel Imam’s speeches challenged sovereignty: Police tells court

The prosecutor told that, Sharjeel speeches clearly indicated that Muslims have no hope in this country and his alleged call to burn camps and cut Assam from India was not peaceful.

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday told a Delhi court that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, Sharjeel Imam’s speech during the protests of Anti CAA tried to mobilise crowd and give sense of hopelessness in Muslims. The prosecutor said, that Sharjeel also challenged the sovereignty of the country as he said “the Indian government cannot formulate the law (CAA and NRC)”.

The prosecutor told that, Sharjeel speeches clearly indicated that Muslims have no hope in this country and his alleged call to burn camps and cut Assam from India was not peaceful. The argument took place while arguing the framing of charges and the bail application of Sharjeel.

Sharjeel was arrested under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and slapped with sedition charges. Some of these offences are non bailable.

Special public prosecutor Amit Prasad made the submissions before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat earlier. Prasad read out the speech Imam allegedly delivered in January 2020 in Asansol.  

Prasad told the court that Imam tried to create anarchy of mass with his speeches which were addressed to a particular community. He also urged, that Imam began one of his speeches with the traditional Muslim greeting ‘Assalamu-alaikum’. This proves his address was meant for a particular community.

Amit Prasad told court, “The first step is to bring people together, fill them anger from within and then utilise it for our own good and we must keep in mind that he is somebody who has done his thesis on riots. He knows what he is saying. He is not someone like me who doesn’t know how to do it. How can someone say that this is peaceful?”

Earlier on 23rd august, Sharjeel’s lawyers raised arguments for his bail in the UAPA case. His lawyers told court “without criticism a society dies and becomes a heap of sheep.” Matter will be heard again on 4th September.

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