TISS student booked for slogans supporting Sharjeel Imam approaches Bombay HC for pre-arrest bail in sedition case

A 22-year-old student on Friday approached Bombay High Court seeking pre-arrest bail in a sedition case lodged against them (their preferred pronoun) for allegedly shouting a slogan in support of jailed JNU student Sharjeel Imam at a LGBTQ event.

Press Trust of India February 07, 2020 17:47:40 IST
TISS student booked for slogans supporting Sharjeel Imam approaches Bombay HC for pre-arrest bail in sedition case
  • Chudawala, who identifies themselves as ‘Kris’, approached the high court on Friday after a sessions court rejected their anticipatory bail plea on 5 February

  • Chudawala's lawyer, Vijay Hiremath, mentioned the plea before Justice SK Shinde who posted it for hearing on 11 February

  • Chudawala is a student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences in the city

Mumbai: A 22-year-old student on Friday approached Bombay High Court seeking pre-arrest bail in a sedition case lodged against them (their preferred pronoun) for allegedly shouting a slogan in support of jailed JNU student Sharjeel Imam at a LGBTQ event.

Chudawala, who identifies themselves as ‘Kris’, approached the high court on Friday after a sessions court rejected their anticipatory bail plea on 5 February.

TISS student booked for slogans supporting Sharjeel Imam approaches Bombay HC for prearrest bail in sedition case

Representational image. AFP

Chudawala's lawyer, Vijay Hiremath, mentioned the plea before Justice SK Shinde who posted it for hearing on 11 February.

The student was not granted interim protection from arrest by the sessions court to enable them to approach the high court. Chudawala is a student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences in the city.

According to police, during a rally of the LGBTQ community at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai last week, Chudawala shouted the slogan "Sharjeel tere sapno ko hum manzil tak pahuchaenge" (Sharjeel, we will realise your dreams).

Imam, a PhD student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre for Historical Studies, was arrested on 28 January from Bihar after he was booked in sedition cases lodged across several states for alleged "inflammatory" speeches made during protests against Citizenship Amendment Act.

According to Chudawala's plea, the slogan was taken out of context to allege that she wanted to create hatred against a community.

The plea added that a particular section of society may not agree with the slogan but that does not amount to sedition.

Mumbai's Azad Maidan police registered a case against Chudawala and 50 others (unidentified persons) on 3 February after a video showing Chudawala raising slogans in support of Imam went viral after the LGBTQ rally on 1 February.

Updated Date:

also read

File complaint about threats, will conduct in-depth probe: Maharashtra govt tells Adar Poonawalla
India

File complaint about threats, will conduct in-depth probe: Maharashtra govt tells Adar Poonawalla

The SII CEO, who has been in the UK on an extended stay to evade alleged threats in India over the ever-increasing demand for COVID-19 vaccines, has said he will return in a few days

Mumbai records lowest rise in COVID-19 cases since 30 March; daily cases fall by over 47% in 20 days
India

Mumbai records lowest rise in COVID-19 cases since 30 March; daily cases fall by over 47% in 20 days

A civic official said that increased testing and isolation of patients along with the exodus of migrant labourers may have led to the decline in COVID-19 cases

Mumbai preps for third wave: Pediatric COVID centres, 6,500 oxygen beds, 1,500 ICU beds to be set up
India

Mumbai preps for third wave: Pediatric COVID centres, 6,500 oxygen beds, 1,500 ICU beds to be set up

Aaditya stated that as the virus mutates and targets different age groups, the response to it should also evolve