Supreme Court upholds Karnataka HC order granting bail to anti-CAA protesters | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the order of Karnataka high court of February 17 that granted bail to 21 people accused of indulging in violence during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in the city on December 19, 2019. A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde passed the order while disposing of the special leave petitions filed that the state government had filed challenging the high court orders.
The legitimate use of force as what then city police commissioner PS Harsha described to police firing live rounds at the protesters left two protesters dead. Violence erupted when the protesters gathered despite not having permission to do so on account of prohibitory orders in place and police attempted to break it up. This led to the mob raining stones on the policemen and police had to resort to firing after tear gas and caning the mob failed.
The SC bench that deemed it fit to release the applicants on them furnishing bail bonds in the sum of Rs 25,000 each to the satisfaction of the trial court pending trial said, having regard to the observation of the high court that it is not possible to prima facie determine the presence of the accused persons at the spot and without treating the said observation as final finding of the fact, the accused should be granted bail with conditions attached.
Accordingly, the accused should report to nearest police station every alternative Monday. They should ensure they do not participate in any violent activity/meeting during the time they are out on bail. SC also said, “We make it clear that the observations of the high court on question of fact and law are obviously made prima facie and shall not affect the trial.” The state government has constituted a magisterial inquiry in to the incident.

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