SC Asks Allahabad HC to Decide In 15 Days If Dr. Kafeel Khan Can Be Released
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11—The Supreme Court has given 15 days time to the Allahabad High Court to decide on the release of Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was arrested on January 29 in connection with delivering a speech in Aligarh in December 2019 in connection with anti-Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) protests and is currently imprisoned in Mathural Central Jail.
The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices manoj Mishra and Deepak Verma on a petition filed by Dr. Khan’s mother Nuzahat Parween.
The next date of hearing in the case is August 19.
In its order, the apex court said, “Hear and expeditiously consider the matter on merits and consider in 15 days time, whether Dr Kafeel Khan can be released or not”.
Khan, who was earlier suspended from the Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital, has been in detention since January 29 for allegedly making an inflammatory speech on the Aligarh Muslim University campus during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest on December 10, 2019. He was booked under the National Security Act (NSA) over alleged hate speech.
Dr. Khan was granted bail earlier by a court in all the cases against him but he was not released.
After four days, charges under NSA was slapped against him.