Shahid’s bail hangs in balance, decision on Feb 5

Shahid’s bail hangs in balance, decision on Feb 5
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Jammu: A special court on Tuesday heard the arguments of Shahid Yousuf’s counsel seeking bail. However the court said that it will decide on the bail plea on February 5.

A relative of Shahid told Kashmir Reader from New Delhi that the case for bail hearing came up before a special judge of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at the Patiala House court complex at around 11:30 am on Tuesday and ended at around 12:15 pm.

“Judge Poonam A Bamba heard the arguments from both sides and reserved her judgement till February 05,” he said.

“Shahid’s counsel, advocate Rajat Kumar, told the court that his client was the lone earning hand in his family of five,” Shahid’s relative said. “He has a son who is a Down’s syndrome patient and is wholly dependent on Shahid.”

Shahid – son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin – was arrested by the NIA on 24 October 2016 at Delhi where he was called for questioning by the anti-terror body in its alleged Hawala case.

The 42-year-old moved a bail application on December 19, but it was delayed for hearing till this Tuesday.

On January 18, the court remanded Shahid to jail on judicial custody till 5 February, directing the NIA that it should clarify its stand on the investigations in the case so far.

The NIA has alleged that Shahid received a sum of Rs 4-4.5 lakh from his father through a conduit based in Dubai. The NIA has alleged that the amount was used for “militancy-related activities”. However, Shahid’s family has contested the claim.

Shahid is an officer in the Agriculture department but was suspended by the government after the NIA arrested him.

His house was raided during the intervening night of 25 to 26 October last year, a day after his arrest. The NIA seized five cell phones belonging to his family members and a laptop owned by his brother’s department.

The Delhi relative of Shahid said that the seized belongings have not been returned yet. Shahid was questioned four times in Srinagar before being called to the NIA’s Delhi headquarters, where he was arrested.

“Shahid’s eldest son is a Down’s syndrome patient and is eager to see his father who is in jail,” the relative said. “He is only to be heard repeating: Abu aaw (come father).”