Dr Kafeel Khan, who was released from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura jail after an order of the Allahabad High Court, reached Jaipur on Thursday. Kafeel Khan said he chose to come to Jaipur as Priyanka Gandhi assured him all the security in Rajasthan.
He said he would live outside Uttar Pradesh for some time. He added that there was a threat to his life in his home state.
Khan said after his release from Mathura jail, he was assured by Priyanka Gandhi of safety. He claimed that Gandhi assured him that there is a Congress government in Rajasthan and he would be safe there.
Khan wants to spend quality time with family
Therefore, he said, he decided to enter Rajasthan through Bharatpur. After entering Rajasthan, Khan travelled to Jaipur. He said he would be able to live in Jaipur peacefully. Additionally, he said he suffered immensely in the past seven-and-a-half month. Khan said he wants to spend quality time with his family in peace.
Dr Khan keen to serve as corona warrior
He said he is keen to join his job. Additionally, he said that he would write to the chief minister as he is keen to serve as a corona warrior in his capacity as a doctor.
Dr Khan said he was put behind bars after fabricated false charges were levelled against him. He said he is still worried that he might again get arrested on some or the other flimsy charges.
HC ordered UP govt to release Dr Khan
The Allahabad High Court on September 1 ordered the release of Dr Kafeel Khan. He was detained in December 2019 for his speech at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The court said that Khan’s speech did not promote any kind of hatred or violence.
After his detention, the Uttar Pradesh government had invoked the National Security Act against Khan. However, the court said that imposing the stringent Act was illegal and set-aside the charges levelled under NSA.
The doctor has been in jail since January 29 for allegedly delivering a provocative speech at the Aligarh Muslim University on December 10, 2019, during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests.
The high court bench allowed the habeas corpus writ petition filed by the doctor’s mother Nuzhat Perween. She had sought his release and stated that Khan’s speech did not promote any kind of hatred or violence.
Also, according to the habeas corpus petition, the doctor was granted bail by a competent court and was supposed to be released on bail. However, he was not released for four days and later the NSA was imposed on him. Hence, his detention was illegal as it was passed to nullify the effect of the bail granted by a competent court.
Khan had earlier hit the headlines after the 2017 tragedy at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College. Notably, several children died in the hospital due to the lack of oxygen cylinders.
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