Srinagar: A trial court in Srinagar has rejected bail of an accused in the 2015 acid attack on a law student in Nowshera Srinagar.
The court of Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar Muhammad Akram Choudhary rejected the bail application of Irshad Ahmed Wani on the grounds that the accused was involved in a gruesome incident and there was enough evidence against him.
“On cursory perusal of the evidence for the limited purpose of disposal of this bail application and without going into the minute details of the prosecution evidence, it is found that the prosecution has led sufficient evidence on which this court is satisfied that the accusation against the accused is ‘prima-facie’ true,” the court said.
“I am of the considered opinion that the accused is not entitled to grant of short-term bail as prayed for firstly for statutory bar contained in section 497-C CrPC, secondly the accused in case of bail may abscond/flee from justice and thirdly he may tamper with the prosecution evidence. In this backdrop, accused is not entitled to be admitted to bail,” judge Choudhary said.
Defence counsel, Molvi Aijaz had moved the application, seeking short term bail for the accused on humanitarian grounds. He submitted before court that the mother of accused was not keeping well and for her treatment, the accused needs to enlarged on bail.
Special Public Prosecutor A A Teli vehemently opposed the bail application, submitting that humanitarian ground as pleaded is not available to be considered in the case.
The acid attack took place in broad day light in Nowshera in Srinagar on December 11, 2015 in which a female law student was grievously injured.
A fortnight after the following the attack, police arrested Irshad Ahmad Wani alias Sunny and Muhammad Omar for their alleged involvement in the incident.
The prosecution has sought punishment for the accused on three counts under Sections 326-A (voluntary throwing acid to cause grievous injury), 120-B-9 (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).