Allahabad HC calls Kafeel Khan’s detention illegal, asks govt to release him immediately

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On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court revoked cleared Kafeel Khan of the charges under the National Security Act and asked the state government to release him immediately, reported Live Law.

Gowrakhpur based doctor, Mr. Khan has been in custody since 29 January for allegedly making inflammatory remarks during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at the Aligarh Muslim University in December.

The order came after the doctor’s mother, Nuzhat Parween, filed a habeas corpus plea, alleging that her son was detained illegally. The division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh passed the order. The first information report, filed on 13 December, said that Mr. Khan had attempted to vitiate the peaceful ambiance at the university and disturb communal harmony.

“The extension of the period of detention of detenue Dr Kafeel Khan is also declared illegal,” the order said, according to Bar and Bench. “A writ in the nature of habeas corpus is hereby issued to release Dr Kafeel Khan, the detenue from State custody forthwith.”

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