Bail released to 58 persons arrested during anti-CAA protests, includes actors and activists

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New Delhi: Protestors take part in a march demanding for the release of Bhim Army leader Chandrasekhar Azad and against the amended Citizenship Act, NRC and NPR, in New Delhi, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh) (PTI12_27_2019_000120A)

Lucknow: The additional sessions court in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday released on bail 58 persons arrested during the anti-CAA protests in the state. Actor-activist Sadaf Jafar and several others, however, remained in jail while Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Swara Bhaskar and Sushant Singh demanded her release. Jafar, who is also a Congress spokesperson, was arrested in Lucknow on December 19 while live on Facebook from the spot where the protests against the amended citizenship law had gone violent. Mahesh Bhatt said that without liberty, “free institutions are a sham”.