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Bhim Army chief released from Tihar Jail

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
January 17, 2020 00:13 IST
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IMAGE: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad raises slogans during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Jama Masjid. Photograph: Arun Sharma/PTI Photo

Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad, who was arrested in connection with the violence during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest in Old Delhi's Daryaganj, was released from Tihar Jail on Thursday night, officials said.

Azad's outfit had organised a march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar against the amended citizenship act on December 20, without police permission.


He was sent to judicial custody on December 21.

On Wednesday, a Delhi court had granted bail to Azad, who was accused of inciting people during the anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid.

The court also restrained Azad from visiting Delhi for four weeks and directed him not to hold any dharna till the elections in the national capital.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau had granted the relief to Azad on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000.

While granting bail to Azad on Wednesday, the judge recited Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem 'Where the Mind is Without Fear' and said citizens have a fundamental right to peaceful protest which cannot be curtailed by the state.

"I am reminded of our reverend patriotic poet Rabindranath Tagore who is most relevant today.

"He during the colonial era in early 1900's when British followed the policy of Divide and Rule, visualised a nation where where there is no fear in the minds people and education is attained by all; people are enlightened and do not create walls of discrimination," she had said.

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