HC rejects Neelam Azad’s plea for release in Parliament security breach case

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Accused challenged police remand in Delhi High Court

Neelam Azad, one of the four people arrested for creating a ruckus in the Parliament on December 14, 2023, had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging her police remand. She claimed that she was not allowed to consult a lawyer of her choice and that her arrest was illegalHowever, the High Court dismissed her plea on Tuesday, January 3, 2024, and upheld the trial court’s order of extending her police custody till January 5.

Police sought custody to uncover larger conspiracy

The police had sought 15 days of custody of the four accused, namely Neelam Azad, Manoranjan D, Sagar Sharma, and Amol Shinde, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The police said that they needed to conduct an in-depth investigation to unearth the larger conspiracy behind their acts.

HC rejects Neelam Azad’s plea

They also said that the accused were carrying a pamphlet showing the Prime Minister as a missing person and offering a reward to be paid by a Swiss bank.

Security breach in Parliament on 22nd anniversary of 2001 attack

The security breach in Parliament had occurred on the 22nd anniversary of the deadly militant attack on the Parliament, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others paid tribute to the victims. Two men, identified as Manoranjan D and Sagar Sharma, entered the MPs’ chamber, shouting slogans and setting off smoke. Two others, Neelam Azad and Amol Shinde, were arrested for shouting slogans and spraying coloured gas outside the house. The incident had sparked a political uproar, with the opposition demanding a discussion on the security breach and action against Pratap Simha, a BJP MP who allegedly signed the passes used by the intruders to enter the public gallery.

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