Delhi Police opposes bail granted to riot accused Jamia student to write exams

The State argued that many people study in jails and that Asif Tanha in the interim can be shifted to a guesthouse near the exam centre

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On December 2, the Delhi Police opposed the interim bail granted to Asif Iqbal Tanha, accused in the Delhi riots, to enable him to physically sit for his graduation examinations.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju told a Single Judge Bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri of the Karkardooma Court, “A large number of persons study in jail. He would not have asked for time if he had not studied. We will give all the material.”

He further suggested that Tanha could be kept in a guesthouse near the examination centre instead of jail. Following the suggestion that Tanha could be kept in a guesthouse, Justice Ohri asked ASG Raju to come back with instructions.

Advocate Sowjhanya Shankaran, representing Asif Iqbal Tanha, apprised the court that there were no complaints of study material not being provided to her client Tanha in jail.


Jamia Millia Islamia University student, Asif Iqbal Tanha, has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the North East Delhi communal clashes of February, 2020.

Asif had enrolled in the course BA Persian (Honours) in 2017 and is slated to graduate in 2020 subject to clearing his compartment exams. He had sought bail through his lawyer for, “the purpose of preparing for and attending the exams.”

He was granted bail by the Additional Sessions Judge on November 28 to sit for his compartment examination scheduled on December 4, 5 and 7, 2020. The Judge said, “The court is of the opinion that if the accused wants to appear for the compartmental examination, the passing of which is necessary as precondition for his admission to MA Persian course for which he had already appeared, leniency must be showed to the accused by allowing him to appear for the said examination.”

The matter is up for hearing today, December 3.


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