Srinagar: Incarcerated photojournalist Kamran Yousuf has applied for bail before the special judge at Patiala House Court complex in New Delhi.
Sources in the know of the case revealed to Kashmir Reader that Kamran had moved his bail application before judge Poonam A Bamba on November 17.
“The next date of hearing has been set for December 14,” the sources said. “The bail application is pending before the judge as the court is waiting for a reply from the National Investigation Agency (NIA).”
“We are hopeful that the (NIA report) is submitted within two days,” they said.
A source said that the counsel Kamran has argued in its bail application that “because there is no case against Kamran, so he may be released on bail”.
Kamran is one of the 11 persons detained by the NIA in the alleged funding case registered in a police station in Delhi on May 30 this year. He was arrested along with a Kulgam-based farmer, Javed Ahmad, after being summoned from their homes to their respective police stations.
The NIA has not produced any charge-sheet in the case, so far. They have rather sought extension in the time period to file it.
Kamran, a young photojournalist based in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was picked up by the NIA on September 5 in the alleged funding case. He has since been in judicial custody in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
He was working as a freelance photojournalist with many media houses and rose to fame during the 2016 public uprising because of his prompt news clicks.
Many rights bodies have resented his arrest by the NIA which is yet to produce a charge-sheet in the case.
After 10 days of Yousuf’s arrest, the Press Club of India (PCI) sent a notice, after taking suo motu cognizance of the arrest, to the NIA and the J&K government, asking for the reasons why he was arrested.
However, there has been no information on whether or not the notices have been answered. In a function in Srinagar in October, the PCI chairman had said that they were waiting for the NIA reply in the case.
Police in Pulwama have said that there is no case registered against Kamran. “There is only one case registered against Yousuf for uploading a video of ‘tri-colour burning’ on Facebook,” SSP Pulwama Choudhary Aslam told this newspaper earlier.
“There is no other case directly registered against him but, yes, his involvement in other stone-pelting incidents that have occurred in and around his locality since July 8(2016) is being ascertained and it is the matter of investigation,” he had said.