Activist Natasha Narwal granted interim bail after father dies of Covid-19

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The Delhi High Court on Monday granted three weeks interim bail to activist Natasha Narwal after her father, Mahavir Narwal passed away on Sunday due to COVID-19. The activist is facing charges in a UAPA case registered by Delhi Police in connection with the Northeast Delhi violence of 2020.

The division bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani stated that Natasha’s release is necessary in this hour of sorrow and personal loss, and in the facts and circumstances of the case, reported Indian Express.

As per the newspaper, last week, an application was filed before the court demanding the activist’s release on the ground that her elderly father was hospitalized in Rohtak after testing positive for Covid-19. It was also reported that her brother, who was taking care of the father, had tested positive on 7 May and was unable to care for the ailing father as a result.

“Mahavir Narwal breathed his last yesterday at 6 pm at the hospital,” advocate Adit Pujari told the court, as per the report, adding his only other child, Natasha’s brother is quarantined due to COVID-19 and there is no one else in the family to perform Narwal’s final rites.

According to the report, the court was also told that the hospital in Rohtak is awaiting Natasha’s arrival to receive the body. The bail application was not opposed by the Delhi Police. It did, however, suggest that she refrain from tweeting about the situation.

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