Dr. Kafeel Khan has been relieved of all charges by the Allahabad High Court. Dr. Kafeel Khan had been charged by the National Security Agency(NSA) but now an immediate release has been ordered for him. Kafeel Khan was imprisoned in the Mathura jail in Uttar Pradesh since January this year.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh was hearing the petition that had been filed by Kafeel Khan’s mother. The plea by Kafeel Khan’s mother alleged that her son had been detained illegally. The petition said that although Kafeel Khan had been granted bail in February, the NSA which was immediately invoked against him did not allow for him to be released. The plea said that since he was not released for four days after being granted bail, his arrest by the NSA was illegal.
Dr. Kafeel Khan had been accused by the NSA for delivering an allegedly provocative speech inside the Aligarh Muslim University campus during the Anti-CAA protests last year. It was in the middle of August that the government of Uttar Pradesh made up its mind to extend his detention for three more months. Now the Allahabad High Court has relived Kafil Khan of all charges under the NSA and has decided to finally release him. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in a tweet, “ It is expected that the UP government will release Dr. Kafeel Khan without any malice.”
She also went on to congratulate ‘justice loving people’ and all her fellow party workers who had worked towards Dr. Kafeel Khan’s release.