Aligarh Court Grants Bail to Dr Kafeel Khan, Jailed for 'Inflammatory Speech' at AMU During Anti-CAA Stir

Lucknow: Suspended paediatrician of BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, Dr Kafeel Khan, who was arrested in Mumbai last month for making alleged inflammatory speeches, was granted bail by the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Justice Karuna Singh on Monday.

He was granted relief on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 60,000 rupees with a condition of not repeating the crime in future. Also, two guarantee bonds of Rs 60,000 each by guarantors will have to be furnished.

Khan was accused of making a provocative speech at Aligarh Muslim University during a protest rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (NRC).

The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) had arrested Dr Khan last month from Mumbai where he was scheduled to be at the Mumbai Bagh protests against the CAA and proposed pan-India implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

He was arrested from the Mumbai airport after he was slapped with a case under sections 153-A, 153-B and 109 of the IPC for giving an alleged inflammatory speech on December 14 at AMU.

Dr Khan’s lawyer, Mohammad Irfan Ghazi, said, “Dr Kafeel Khan was not just falsely implicated but also was arrested due to political pressure. After hearing the arguments, the court granted him bail. We are hopeful Dr Khan will be released from jail on Tuesday as papers are already process.”

Following his arrest in Mumbai, Dr Khan was sent to 14-day judicial custody on January 31 in Aligarh. Soon after, he was transferred to Mathura jail on the pretext of maintaining law and order in Aligarh.

Khan was suspended from his post at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College after 30 children died in two days in August 2017. Khan was the nodal officer of the 100-bed AES ward at the hospital and was removed following the deaths on August 10 and August 11. He was later arrested, but an inquiry by the state government gave him a clean chit.