The Allahabad High Court’s order quashing the detention of outspoken Dr Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act was a slap on the face of the UP administration that had him imprisoned for months.
Khan was suspended from Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College after several children died there in 2017, apparently due to the lack of oxygen cylinders at the government hospital.
The high court on Tuesday quashed Khan's detention under the NSA and ordered his immediate release, saying his speech at the AMU didn't promote hatred or violence.
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The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday quashed Khan's detention under the National Security Act and ordered his immediate release.
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This year has been even more difficult for NSA detainees to get relief because of the challenges posed by the pandemic, resultant virtual hearings etc, senior advocate Rebecca John said.
The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier extended his detention by three months till November 13.
Khan has been in jail since January 29 for allegedly delivering a provocative speech at the Aligarh Muslim University on December 10, 2019 during the anti-Citizenship Act protests.
The apex court asked the HC to hear and expeditiously consider the matter on merits and to see and take a decision in 15 days' time.
Shabista said that she met her husband in the Mathura jail where he is currently lodged and felt he could be in danger.
Dr Khan was arrested by the UP Special Task Force from Mumbai on January 29 in connection with a speech he had delivered during an anti-CAA protest at Aligarh Muslim University.
Dr Kafeel Khan was booked for making inflammatory statements at the Aligarh Muslim University and inciting violence.
Gorakhpur's Dr Kafeel Khan vows to serve in Nipah-hit Kozhikode, reaches out to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Extending his wish to serve at Calicut Medical College Hospital, Khan, a paediatrician from Gorakhpur, has reached out to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan via Facebook.
The court has ordered Non-Bailable warrants against seven accused including Dr Kafeel Khan and Dr Satish.