Srinagar: A court on Wednesday ordered the police to release Muslim League chairman and senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Masrat Alam Bhat after granting bail to him in a case registered in police station Harwan in 2010.
“Perusal of police report reveals that (Alam) has been arrested on 30 December 2016 and the FIR appears to have been registered in the year 2010 so the police has availed sufficient time for investigation of the case and (Alam) is no more required in the instant FIR, therefore no purpose would be served if (Alam) at this stage is denied concession of bail,” said City Munsiff, Judicial Magistrate 1st Class Srinagar, Sheikh Gowher Hussain and granted bail to Alam on furnishing Rs 30000 bond and a surety for the like amount.
“Police concerned is directed to release (Alam) in case he is not involved or required in any other case or FIR,” the court said.
The court also imposed riders on Alam, asking him not leave its territorial jurisdiction without prior permission and that he will not make any attempt to win over or influence the prosecution witnesses. He has been also asked to appear before the court as and when required.
The court passed the directions after hearing Alam’s counsel, advocate Nasir Qadri, and Special Prosecution Officer for the state.
Qadri submitted Alam was arrested in 2010 and has been “falsely implicated” in a number of FIRs.
Over two dozen different FIRs have been registered against the Alam since 1995. However, investigation has been completed in only 12 cases despite claims by the police that special investigation teams have been constituted to ‘speed up’ the investigation in these FIRs.
Qadri said that Alam is a political activist and innocent person who have been continuously under police custody since 2010 except for 13 days in April 2015.
The SPO on the other hand objected to Alam’s bail, contenting that he is a “habitual offender who is bent upon to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere particularly Kashmir valley. “
He said Alam’s activities are “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the state and there is every apprehension (he will jump the bail).”
The court also perused the case diary pertaining the FIR—59/2010 under section 13 unlawful activities act.
“(It) reveals that the statement of the witnesses conversant with the facts of the case have already been recorded and the police remand as well as the judicial remand of (Alam) has been completed, besides (he) is no more required for any investigation purposes.”
On December 28 last year, the J&K high court had ordered Alam’s release “forthwith from preventive detention”.
The court had passed the orders on Alam’s plea challenging the latest of the 34th detention orders under Public Safety Act against him by the successive governments.