The Bombay High Court has granted anticipatory bail to 7 anti-CAA protesters observing that they had complied with the conditions laid down by the court, adding that there is no evidence to prove the allegation that they had damaged vehicles during their agitation.
“There is no evidence to show that the vehicles were damaged,” Live Law quoted Justice M. G. Sewlikar as saying.
“The custodial interrogation of the applicants is not necessary. In this view of the matter, I am inclined to confirm the anticipatory bail,” he added.
An FIR had been lodged on December 20 last year alleging that the protesters gathered at the Shivaji statue turned violent and started blocking the traffic, caused damage to the vehicles of the Fire Brigade and some medical shops and hotels by pelting stones.
The call of the protest was given by the office bearers of Kul Jamate Viphak Milli Muttehida Mahaj Muslim Organisation. Those who were granted bail are Saleh, Mohammad Farooq, Mohammed Sadique Khan, Abdul Wajid, Syed Jawed and Mohd Faizan Mujahed. They were represented by KK Qazi.
Qazi submitted before the court that none of the applicants was present in the protest and when he sought CCTV footage to support these contentions, the same was not provided to him.