A Delhi court has granted bail to former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid for his alleged involvement in the northeast Delhi riots case.

Khalid was granted bail by Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav in the case linked to the violence in the Khajuri Khas area of northeast Delhi, which was being investigated by the Delhi Police crime branch.

The court observed that Khalid could not be kept incarcerated in jail forever merely on account that others who were part of the mob involved in riots have to be identified and arrested.

The court also said that it has nowhere been the case of the prosecution that the applicant was physically present at the scene of the crime on the date of the incident.

The former student leader will, however, continue to remain in jail in connection with another FIR filed in the matter where he has been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act along with charges of rioting and criminal conspiracy.

Around 53 people were killed and 200 injured in clashes that erupted in the national capital on February 24 last year.

The Delhi Police Crime Branch alleged that Khalid was part of the group that organised a meeting at Shaheen Bagh on January 8 to plan the riots.