Two Muslim men granted bail in Delhi pogrom case

New Delhi: A Delhi court has granted bail to two Muslim men arrested in connection with the Delhi violence that had killed more than 50 persons, most of whom were Muslims.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav granted bail to Kasif and Wasif in a case related to vandalism and torching of a car showroom during the riots in Dayalpur area. Mr Yadav asked them to furnish a bail bond of Rs 20,000 with one surety of like amount.

The judge noted that four co-accused were granted bail before filing of the charge sheet and six others were granted bail in the past two months.

This Court is conscious of the fact that applicants (Wasif and Kasif) are also involved in other cases of riots in the area, however, that cannot be a ground to deny them bail in the instant matter, as the present bail application(s) have to be decided in the context of present FIR and the investigation so concluded. As such, I am of the considered opinion that applicants are also entitled for grant of bail in the matter on the ground of parity because role assigned to them is on same/identical footing as the co-accused persons. Considering the facts and circumstances of the case in totality, both the applicants namely Kasif and Wasif are admitted to bail in the matter…, the judge said in his order passed on December 24.

Advocate Nasir Ali, appearing for both the accused, had said they had been falsely implicated in the matter and sought bail on the ground of parity.

Special Public Prosecutor D K Bhatia, appearing for the police, had opposed the bail pleas saying both the accused were allegedly involved in several cases of rioting in the area and may threaten the witnesses in the cases if released on bail.

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