Former IPS officer SR Darapuri and social activist Sadaf Jafar. (Photo Credit: Special Arrangement)
Social activist Sadaf Jafar and former IPS officer SR Darapuri, who were arrested for protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act, have been released from Lucknow Jail. They were released after a court granted them bail on Saturday. The court of Additional Sessions Judge SS Pandey asked them to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each and personal bonds of an equal amount. “The fear of being jailed and beaten up has now gone away, thanks to Yogi Ji. I will continue to protest strongly till the time this inhuman law is not withdrawn,” Zafar said while talking to media persons after walking out of jail.
Earlier on Friday, the court had reserved his orders on the bail applications of Jafar, Darapuri and the other accused, after hearing the individual pleas as well as the submissions of the government lawyer.
Sadaf Zafar,social activist&Congress leader who was arrested during protest against Citizenship Amendment Act,in Lucknow:The fear of being jailed&beaten up has now gone away, thanks to Yogi Ji. I will continue to protest strongly till the time this inhuman law is not withdrawn. pic.twitter.com/mOfpZD1nEA— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 7, 2020
According to government lawyer Deepak Yadav, the Hazratganj police had booked the accused on December 19 under IPC sections, including 147 (rioting), 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
The accused were arrested in the case and sent to judicial custody. On Thursday, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply within two weeks on a petition seeking quashing of the FIR filed against Jafar for her participation in a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
A bench of justices Shabihul Hasnain and Virendra Kumar II passed the order on a writ petition moved on Jafar’s behalf.
With PTI Inputs