Safoora Zargar, pregnant Jamia student arrested in Delhi riots case, granted bail by High Court
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Safoora Zargar, the pregnant Jamia Millia Islamia student who was arrested in April in connection with anti-CAA protests in northeast Delhi's Jaffrabad in February.
Zargar was granted bail after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta did not oppose it on humanitarian grounds. Her bail plea was earlier dismissed by a trial court on June 4, compelling her to move the High Court.
Zargar, the media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee, was arrested in April in connection with anti-CAA protests in northeast Delhi's Jaffrabad in February.
Later, she was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case related to the communal violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in northeast district and sent to Tihar jail.
Delhi Police had on Monday maintained that pregnancy is no ground to give bail to Zargar, saying that 39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi's Tihar Jail in the last 10 years.
Submitting its status report in the Delhi High Court, Delhi Police maintained that her pregnancy does not dilute the gravity of her alleged crime and that she is being given adequate medical care in the jail.
"There is no exception carved out for pregnant inmate, who is accused of such heinous crime, to be released on bail merely because of pregnancy. To the contrary, the law provides for adequate safeguards and medical attention during their custody in jail," stated the report submitted in the court by Delhi Police.
It added there have been enough precedents to show not only arrest and detention of pregnant women but also their deliveries in jails, for which guidelines have been laid out in law according to the Supreme Court's directions.
"It is respectfully submitted that till date 39 deliveries have taken place in Delhi prison in last 10 years," said the report, adding Zargar is not entitled to any "preferential treatment" when the law itself permits such kind of sanctions against a certain class of offenders.
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