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    Delhi violence: Court refuses to grant interim bail to Ishrat Jahan, finds no Covid-19 scare in jail

     A Delhi court has refused to grant interim bail to former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan in connection with an Unlawful Activities Prevention Act case related to the northeast Delhi violence. She had approached the court for bail citing a Covid-19 outbreak in Mandoli prison and other medical issues.

    Additional Sessions Judge Amiabh Rawat on Thursday noted that in terms of the medical ailments agitated by the applicant and the report of the Jail Superintendent, the court does not find any cogent reason for enlarging the applicant on interim bail.

    Considering the gravity of the offences including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 with which the applicant is charged, the discussion in the preceding paragraphs and the Jail Report, I do not deem it a fit case to grant interim bail to accused Ishrat Jahan,” ASJ Rawat said.

    Jahan had sought interim bail on the ground that being jailed had taken a toll on her mental health and some of the inmates at the prison where she was lodged had tested positive or Covid-19. Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, representing Jahan, had argued that she was a practicing advocate and didn’t have any criminal antecedents.

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