The court allowed the police to sample the voice of Sharjil Imam

Chief Metro Politon Magistrate Purushottam Pathak passed the order on an application by the Delhi Police and directed that sedition accused Sharjeel Imam be produced in the CFSL on 13 February.

12th February, 2020

On Wednesday, a Delhi court gave permission to the police to take a voice sample of Sharjeel Imam arrested on charges of sedition. The court granted this permission so that his voice could be matched to the sound of a video clip in which he is seen making allegedly hate speeches and targeting the government.

The accused should be produced in the CFSL on February 13,
Chief Metro Politon Magistrate Purushottam Pathak passed the order on an application by the Delhi Police and directed that the accused be produced in the CFSL on February 13 which is currently in judicial custody. The judge said that in view of the 'facts and circumstances of the case' and the Supreme Court's decision by the investigating officer to take a sample, he is accepting the application to take a voice sample of the accused.

The case can be punishable by up to life imprisonment

The court noted the Delhi Police's contention that Sharjeel Imam 'gave a speech against the government which was uploaded on social media' and wanted to match his voice with the voice of the video clip. In this case, the punishment can be from three years to life imprisonment under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code.

Imam doing Ph.D. from JNU The
the court on February 6 sent the Imam doing Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University to judicial custody. The Imam was arrested from Jehanabad in Bihar on January 28 for allegedly making inflammatory speeches at Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh here. Sharjeel Imam was brought to Delhi the next day after his arrest.

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Reported by:
Maharanee Kumari