The Delhi Police has booked former JNU student Sharjeel Imam under the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in relation to the violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act near Jamia Millia Islamia in December last year, as per his lawyer.
Imam has been booked under section 13 (unlawful activities) of the Act in the case, said his advocate Mishika Singh.
The police had earlier charged Imam with sedition, alleging his speech promoted enmity between people that led to riots.
“He was arrested in two cases of violence at Jamia on December 13 and 15, 2019, for instigating and abetting the Jamia riots, due to his seditious speech on December 13 and based on evidences collected, IPC sections 124 A and 153 A were also invoked,” stated Anil Mittal, Additional PRO, Delhi Police.
The cases were registered at New Friends Colony and Jamia Nagar Police Stations.
In the New Friends Colony case, Imam was arrested for instigating and abetting the Jamia riots, due to his seditious speech delivered on December 13, 2019.
“During investigation, on the basis of evidence collected, sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 A IPC (promoting enmity between classes) were invoked in the case,” as stated by a police officer
Imam was arrested from Bihar’s Jehanabad on January 28.
He was accused of being involved in organizing protests at Shaheen Bagh but later came into limelight after a video showed him making controversial statements at a gathering at Aligarh Muslim University, following which he was booked under sedition charges.