Srinagar: A Delhi court has granted bail to Kulgam youth Javed Ahmad Bhat arrested by National Investigations Agency (NIA) six months ago.
Javed was arrested on September 5 along with photojournalist Kamran Yousuf from the Valley and shifted to Delhi for alleged involvement in “anti-national” and “stone pelting” acts. Kamran was granted bail early this month after the court found that the NIA has not produced a “single photo” or “video” showing him involved in stone pelting at any site.
Indian Express reported that Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat granted bail to Bhat, but a detailed order is yet to come.
“Statements of three protected witnesses (public servants) under 161 CrPC has revealed that the applicant was present and an active participation in the offence of stone-pelting on security forces,” the NIA had stated while filing the reply on Bhat’s bail plea.
Bhat’s counsel M S Khan had argued in court that he was “wrongly and falsely” implicated. “He has never indulged in anti-national activities at any point of time, neither was he associated with any organisation nor participated in stone-pelting and that there is no material evidence available to this effect,” submitted Khan in his bail plea.