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Court allows Delhi Police to take voice samples of Sharjeel Imam

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The court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) on Wednesday allowed Delhi police to take the voice samples of activist Sharjeel Imam.

Sharjeel Imam was arrested on sedition charges for allegedly making hate speeches.

Sharjeel is currently in judicial custody and will be produced at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) on February 13, after the direction of the court.

The court of CMM Purushottam Pathak while allowing Delhi Police application noted the submission of Delhi Police that Imam has given "speeches against the government which were uploaded on social media" and it wanted to compare his voice with the voice in the video clip.

"Accused has made speeches and to make out an offense under section 124-A (sedition) IPC on ground that speech of the accused spread hatred; it has to be ascertained that the said speeches were made by the accused and for that purpose, it is appropriate that his voice should be compared," police told the court.

Punishment under section 124-A of IPC ranges from imprisonment up to three years to a life term.

The court had on February 6 sent the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) research scholar to judicial custody.

Imam was arrested from Bihar''s Jehanabad on January 28 for allegedly making inflammatory speeches at the Jamia Millia Islamia University here and in Aligarh.

He was brought to Delhi the next day.

The court had earlier sent Imam to police custody.

Police had booked Imam, who came into limelight during the ongoing protest in Shaheen Bagh, on January 26 for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches against the amended Citizenship Act and a possible Register of Citizens.

According to the police, Imam, a resident of Bihar, delivered "very inflammatory and instigatory speeches in his opposition to CAA and NRC".

"He had previously delivered one such speech in Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 last year and thereafter one even more inflammatory against the government which is being widely circulated on social media," they had said.

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First Published: Thu, February 13 2020. 02:24 IST
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