doctor Kafeel Khan
Mumbai: The Special Task Force of UP Police on Wednesday arrested Gorakhpur-based doctor Kafeel Khan from Mumbai for allegedly making an inflammatory speech on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act at the Aligarh Muslim University on December 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Suspended Gorakhpur doctor gets bail in anti-CAA case

Aligarh, Feb 11  Pediatrician, Dr Kafeel Khan, who was arrested from Mumbai on January 29 for making an inflammatory speech at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), will be released from jail on Tuesday after he was granted bail by an Aligarh court.

Khan will be released from Mathura jail on Tuesday after legal formalities are completed.

Chief judicial magistrate Karuna Singh granted bail to Khan on Monday on a bail bond of Rs 60,000. Two surety bonds of Rs 60,000 each would also be furnished by the guarantors.

Dr Khan’s lawyer, Mohammad Irfan Gazi, told reporters, “The court was told that Khan was falsely implicated by police under political pressure. After hearing the arguments, the court granted him bail.”

The suspended doctor was arrested by special task force (STF) of the UP police from Mumbai on January 29, when he reached the city to attend a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

He was arrested in connection with a case registered against him in Aligarh under section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) of the Indian Penal Code at Civil Lines police station on December 13.

The case was filed after his speech at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

According to the FIR, while addressing students, without naming anyone, Dr Kafeel Khan said that ‘Mota Bhai’ is teaching everyone to become Hindu or Muslim but not a human being. “This is a fight for our existence. We have to fight.”

The FIR also said that Dr Kafeel Khan made an attempt to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere and disturb the communal harmony with his speech.

Dr Khan was in the news in 2017 when he was named as one of the nine accused in a case involving deaths of several children due to alleged disruption in supply of oxygen at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur. Though he was granted clean chit in a departmental inquiry, his suspension has not yet been revoked.

 

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