The Allahabad high court on Tuesday, September 2, quashed Dr Kafeel Khan's detention under the National Security Act and ordered his immediate release, saying the Aligarh district magistrate did a 'selective reading' of his speech at the Aligarh Muslim University.
Dr Khan has been in jail since January 29 after he delivered the speech at the AMU during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in December.
Subsequently, the stringent NSA was slapped on Dr Khan in February, in connection with his anti-CAA speech.
After being released from jail, Dr Khan thanked the court and said, 'I will always remain thankful to all my well-wishers, who raised their voice for my release. The administration was not ready for release, but because of the prayers of people, I have been released.'
Dominic Xavier heaves a sigh of relief for Dr Khan who has been languishing in Mathura jail since January.
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