Natasha Narwal, a JNU Ph.D. scholar and Pinjra Tod (Break The Hostel Locks) Activist who was incarcerated under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) has been granted bail by the Delhi High Court today, on May 10th, 2021.
Natasha was incarcerated in Tihar Jail for her alleged involvement in the Delhi Riots of 2020.
The scholar and activist who lost her father yesterday night to Covid-19 has been granted interim bail for a period of three weeks. Her lawyers had made an urgent plea for interim bail after her father’s death. The interim bail is subject to her providing a bond of Rs. 50,000. She was also directed by the Delhi High Court Bench to provide her contact details to the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Delhi Police Special Cell’s Crime Branch.
Pinjra Tod had called for a Twitter storm yesterday night just a few hours before the demise of Mahavir Narwal, father of Natasha demanding that Natasha be released so that she could meet her ailing father.
Mahavir Narwal before retirement served as a scientist at the CCS Haryana Agricultural University. He was associated with the People’s Science Movement and the Bharatiya Gyan – Vigyan Andolan in Haryana. Narwal was also a member of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M). He succumbed to death yesterday night after suffering from Covid-19 at a hospital in Rohtak.
The bail has been granted by a two-judge bench comprising of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Anup J Bhambani after Natasha’s lawyers made an urgent plea for an interim bail after her fathers’ death.
Live Law has quoted Delhi High Court’s observation stating that “In view of the interest of justice, we are of the view that the release of the applicant is imperative in this hour of grief and personal loss and in facts and circumstances of the case.”