Srinagar: District and Session Judge Kulgam on Saturday rejected the bail application of Jama’at-e-Islami chief spokesperson, Advocate Zahid Ali, and Jamaat’s Kulgam Amir, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh.
Jamaat has expressed its dismay over the decision. A statement issued by the organisation here said that the bail was rejected “despite the fact that they have been under constant police custody for 15 days”. “They were arrested by Kulgam police after attending a funeral function at Gopalpora Kulgam (4th August, 2017) and an FIR under section 153 RPC and 13 Unlawful Activities (Preventive) act was lodged against them in police station Damhal Hanjipora under the instructions of concerned SSP Sridhar Patil,” said the statement, adding that the “false and frivolous allegations” were leveled against them.
Jamaat said the District and Sessions Judge, Kishore Kumar Bhagat, rejected the bail application despite the duo spending 14 days in custody stating that the bail was “not warranted by the law relating to the bails”.
“This is the first such application which has been rejected by any judge in the valley under section 13 Unlawful Activities (Preventive) Act. Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir denies the false and baseless allegations leveled against its functionaries and demands a free and impartial probe into this case based on the wrong and biased allegations leveled by the police,” the statement said.