The court remanded him to 14-day judicial custody. Sharjeel was escorted back to Tihar jail by Delhi Police personnel, from where he was brought to the court.
The sedition case against Imam was filed in Aligarh’s Civil Lines police station on January 25. A similar case was also filed against the JNU scholar in Assam for the same statement which Imam gave in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
UP Police are yet to file a charge-sheet in the case. But now, after Sharjeel’s appearance before Aligarh’s chief judicial magistrate, the process of compiling the charge-sheet will kick off. “A warrant under section 167 of the CrPC was made today. He will be in judicial remand in Delhi,” said Anil Samaniya, circle officer of Civil Lines.
Last month, Sharjeel was also booked by Delhi Police for “inciting” the Delhi riots which took place in February this year. But they haven’t named him in the charge-sheet they filed recently. Delhi Police said that his name might come in the supplementary charge-sheet which will be filed soon.
Earlier in the day, Sharjeel’s brother Muzzammil Imam wrote on Twitter, “My brother Sharjeel Imam has been taken to Uttar Pradesh in a secretive manner without informing his counsels and family. We all are concerned about his safety. He has nothing to hide and has been actively cooperating in the investigation.”
My brother Sharjeel Imam has been taken to Uttar Pradesh in a secretive manner without informing his counsels & fam… https://t.co/fkyJfuM8mx
— Muzzammil Imam | مزمل إمام (@imammuzzammil) 1600412253000
Aligarh police had registered the FIR against Imam under sections 124 A (sedition), 153-A (provocation with intent to cause riots), 153-B (whoever by words either spoken or written or by signs makes or publishes any imputation, assertions prejudicial to national-integration or may cause disharmony) and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code at the Civil Lines police station.
Imam was booked under sedition and other charges in several states after his alleged inflammatory speeches at the AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi were circulated on social media. He was then arrested by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch from Bihar’s Jehanabad on January 28.