Kafeel Khan’s detention extended under NSA for 3 months in CAA-speech case

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New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government has extended Dr Kafeel Khan’s detention under the National Security Act (NSA) 1980 for a period of three months.

The extension order dated 4 August said the decision was being taken on the basis of the report submitted by the NSA Advisory Board, which is constituted by the government for dealing with cases under the Act, and the Aligarh district magistrate.

The order, signed by Vinay Kumar, deputy secretary, Home (Security) Department, said that there were “sufficient grounds” for his continued detention. The doctor is currently lodged in Mathura jail in Uttar Pradesh.

Khan has been in jail since 29 January 2020, when he was arrested for a speech he delivered at the Aligarh Muslim University on 12 December 2019. An FIR was registered against him the next day under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion). The FIR blamed his speech for trying to “disrupt the harmony between the communities”, and said it was “also likely to create a law and order situation”.

Later, Sections 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) were added to the FIR, which referred to certain sentences from his speech, including mention of “mota bhai” (Gujarati for big brother) and the RSS.

While he was granted bail on 10 February, he wasn’t released and was slapped with NSA charges instead on 13 February. He will now be in jail until 13 November.

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