Rajdhani Public School owner gets bail in Delhi riot case

The Karkardooma Court on Monday granted bail to Faizal Farooq, owner of Rajdhani Public School, in the communal riot case in north-east Delhi.

Farooq is among 18 people arrested on February 24 for inciting a riot in Shiv Vihar, arson at a nearby DRP school, and damaging property. He was jailed since 8 March. The Delhi Police presented a charge sheet against them on 3 June.

In the charge sheet, the police claimed that they had connections to some other Muslim clerics including PFI, Pinjra Tod Group, Jamia Coordination Committee, Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz, and Deoband. Also, at the behest of Faizal, the rioters vandalized and opened fire in the area.

The court said that prima facie there is no confirmation that the accused was present at the scene at the time of the incident. There is also a difference in the statements of the witnesses of the case.

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The investigating officer appointed in the case has recorded a supplementary statement to address the shortcomings. On this basis, the court directed Faizal to deposit his passport while giving bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two private bondmen of the same amount.

It also said that Faizal would not leave Delhi without the permission of the court and would go to the concerned police station every second Wednesday and make his presence. Also, they will not sit in the police station for more than an hour and will not tamper with witnesses and evidence.