Chandrashekhar Azad returns to Jama Masjid after court asked him not to join any CAA protest
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has gone back to the Jama Masjid and was reading the Constitution. A Delhi court granted him bail on Thursday on the condition that Azad will not join any anti-CAA protest.
Chandrashekhar Azad was granted conditional bail by a Delhi court which allowed him to visit religious places but not join the CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh or Jamia Nagar.
Chandrashekhar Azad, who was arrested in connection with the violence during an anti-CAA protest in Old Delhi's Daryaganj, was released from Tihar Jail on Thursday night. Hours later, he is back at Old Delhi's Jama Masjid from where he was arrested last month.
However, Azad maintained that he did not violate the court orders and is only visiting the religious sites that the court allowed him to do.
"I was at a gurdwara and a temple before coming to Jama Masjid. I am only following the court orders and will leave Delhi within the 24-hour deadline," Azad said at the Jama Masjid protest on Friday.
He also clarified that he is not taking part in a protest but is only reading the Preamble to the Constitution.
Thousands of protesters have gathered on the steps of Jama Masjid and Chandrashekhar Azad was seen leading the protest against CAA. Chants of "azaadi" reverberated on the surroundings of Jama Masjid as Azad read the Preamble.
Chandrashekhar Azad's Bhim Army had organised a march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar against the amended citizenship act on December 20, without police permission. He was sent to judicial custody on December 21.
While granting him bail, the Delhi court restrained Azad from visiting Delhi for four weeks and directed him not to hold any dharna till the elections in the national capital are over on February 8.
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau had granted the relief to Azad on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000.
While granting bail to Azad on Wednesday, the judge recited Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem 'Where the Mind is Without Fear' and said citizens have a fundamental right to peaceful protest which cannot be curtailed by the state.
"I am reminded of our reverend patriotic poet Rabindranath Tagore who is most relevant today. He during the colonial era in early 1900's when British followed the policy of Divide and Rule, visualised a nation where where there is no fear in the minds people and education is attained by all; people are enlightened and do not create walls of discrimination," she had said.