Suspended pediatrician Dr. Kafeel Khan on Monday midnight was released from the Mathura district jail after the Allahbad Court permitted him to seek bail and ordered his release.
Khan was granted bail in connection with an anti-CAA speech at the Aligarh Mulsim University (AMU) in December last year. He back then was arrested under the National Security Act 1980.
Khan was arrested by the UP Special Task Force from Mumbai on January 29 in connection with the speech he had delivered during an anti-CAA protest at Aligarh Muslim University on December 12.
After release, he said that the first five days of his detention were worst. He claimed he was tortured in cell and barred of food.
After being arrested in Mumbai, he was brought to Aligarh and then was shifted to the district jail in neighbouring Mathura. Police had said that Dr Khan’s presence in the Aligarh jail could have aggravated the law and order situation in the city.
In its order, the court described the detention order under the NSA as “bad”, and based on “selective reading and selective mention of few phrases from the speech ignoring its true intent”.
Referring to the speech, it said: “No doubt, some parts of the phrases used in the grounds for detention are there in speech, but apparently in different context. The speaker was certainly opposing the policies of the government and while doing so certain illustrations are given by him, but that nowhere reflects the eventualities demanding detention. A complete reading of the speech prima facie does not disclose any effort to promote hatred or violence. It also nowhere threatens peace and tranquility of the city of Aligarh.”
Khan was released late Tuesday with his brother Adeel Khan saying “justice has finally been delivered”.