NEW DELHI: A court on Monday granted bail to photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, whom the NIA accused of “stone-pelting”.
Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat allowed the bail plea of Yousuf, asking him to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on September 5 arrested Yousuf along with Javed Ahmad Bhat, a farmer.
Opposing the bail plea, the NIA said some witnesses had confirmed that Yousuf was shouting “anti-national slogans” and was seen “stone-pelting”.
Defence counsel Warisha Farasat claimed that Yousuf was innocent.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had yesterday requested Home minister Rajnath Singh to look into the case.
“Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji to look into Kamran Yousuf’s case. I’ve requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined,” Mehbooba said on Twitter yesterday.
NIA officials had also alleged that Yusuf was acting as a conduit for those involved in terror funding. Kashmir editors guild and journalists in the valley have also sought his release, saying his arrest violated the freedom of the press.