Srinagar: Chairperson of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat Asiya Andrabi was released in an open court on Thursday, twenty days after she was arrested along with her personal secretary Fehmeeda Sofi.
According to her counsel, advocate Mir Shafaqat Hussain, Asiya was granted bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar in the case related to FIR 50 of 2015, under Unlawful Activities Act, police station Nowhatta, on Wednesday.
“The bail order was obtained by us only today and in the meantime we obtained information that she was required in another case (FIR (14 of 2015 under section 13 Unlawful Activities Act and 120B RPC). We accordingly moved an anticipatory bail plea before the court of first additional session judge Madan Lal,” Shafaqat told Kashmir Reader.
After referring to the Supreme Court, as well as judgments from various high courts, that an accused can be released on anticipatory bail even during custody, the first additional session judge granted Asiya anticipatory bail against a bond of Rs 25,000 and one surety of the same amount, Shafaqat said.
The court also directed Asiya to attend the court whenever required and that she shall not leave the state without the prior permission of the court.
“Meanwhile, Asiya was produced by police for remand in case FIR 50 of 2015 before the court of city Munsif. We furnished the bail order to the investigation officer before the court,” Shafaqat said.
Later, the court asked the investigating officer whether Asiya was required in any other case, the IO responded that she was required in FIR 14 of 2015, Shafaqat said.
“We then produced the anticipatory bail granted to her in the FIR (14 0f 2014) and she was released in open court,” Shafaqat added.
In the twenty days, Asiya was granted bail on five occasions since previously bail had been granted on October 3 in a case registered against her in 2009 under the Arms Act, September 24 and September 30 in connection with a case related to hoisting of Pakistani flags on the latter’s Independence Day on August 14 and for addressing a rally organised by the Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) in Pakistan over the phone in August.
In a statement issued here, Dukhtaran-e -Millat expressed joy over Asiya’s release. “The government had no option but to release the leader as her detention was illegal and unjustified. Although jail is a second home for her, she has not been well for some time, so we were worried,” a spokesperson of the party said. Even government doctors had advised that Asiya be hospitalized but the government kept her in a police station for weeks, where her health deteriorated further, the spokesperson added.