Chandrashekhar Azad returns to Jama Masjid– Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad also known as Raavan visited the Jama Masjid on Friday after his release from Tihar Jail yesterday on bail. Azad came to the mosque, held up a copy of the Constitution, as he had earlier in December, and read the Preamble. Raavan had been given bail on some conditions which included that he would not protest and that he would not be in Delhi for the next 4 weeks when the city goes to the polls.
Azad was arrested on December 21 after a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Jama Masjid the previous day. Azad and the Bhim Army organized the march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar to protest against the CAA without police permission and he was arrested following the violence. Azad was also accused of instigating people at the Jama Masjid protest.
After being released from Tihar jail on a bail bond of Rs 25,000, Azad said they had been working within constitutional parameters only and will continue to be like that. The Bhim Army chief said that he didn’t make any speech leading to his arrest but was reading out the Preamble of the Constitution.
With Delhi Police failing to provide evidence to substantiate their claims, the court found Azad not guilty. The judge said citizens have the right to peaceful protest under the Constitution and that right cannot be denied by the State.
The protests against the CAA have gathered steam across the country as they have entered the second month despite the act coming into force from January 10. Shaheen Bagh in Delhi has turned into the center of protests in the city while large-scale protests have been held in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.