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Asif Iqbal Tanha can write exams in guest house, no bail: Delhi police to SC

Delhi police opposed bail for JMI student Asif Iqbal Tanha, and instead requested that he write his exams from a guest house.
Asif Iqbal Tanha, whose bail for exams was opposed by the police
Asif Iqbal Tanha
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Delhi police opposed bail for JMI student Asif Iqbal Tanha, and instead requested that he write his exams from a guest house. Tanha’s counsel had earlier asked for interim bail so that Tanha could study as well.


Tanha’s compartment/supplementary exams of BA Persian (Hons) are on December 4, 5 and 7. A trial court granted him three-day parole for the same days. It also asked the Jail superintendent to provide extra materia if needed for the exams, understanding that Tanha needed to write them in order to pursue MA later.

Tanha’s counsel thus requested interim bail so that he could study. Furthermore, Tanha’s advocate, Sowjhanya Shankaran, argued that Tanha would surrender immediately after the last exam.

However, the Delhi police opposed the bail in the High Court. ASG SV Raju said that Tanha, like many other prisoners,  was studying in jail and did not complain about lack of reading material either. Moreover, he argued that Tanha only asked to write exams as he was ready for them and thus did not need bail.

Instead of letting him out on bail, the ASG suggested that Tanja write the exams in a guest house near the exam centre. This will thereby allow the police to place guards at the guest house.

Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri therefore asked the police to inform the court of the preparations on December 3rd. 

Tanha has been in prison since May 19 for his alleged connection to the Delhi pogrom in 2020.

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