HC reserves judgement on bail to Asiya Andrabi

HC reserves judgement on bail to Asiya Andrabi
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Srinagar: The High court on Thursday reserved its judgement after the state government challenged the interim bail granted by Anantnag trial court to Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi and two of her associates.
The state government’s counsel, BA Dar, challenged the order by stating in the court that the activities of the DeM chief and her associates was a threat to peace and releasing them on bail would lead to serious repercussions.
High Court Bar Association President and senior advocate Mian Qayoom argued on behalf of Andrabi and her associates that frivolous charges had been framed against them which have no bearing with reality.
The court after hearing the arguments reserved its judgement.
Asiya Andrabi and her two associates, Fahmeeda and Nahida Nasreen, were arrested from Anchidora area of Anantnag district on April 20 for allegedly organising violent student protests that involved stone-pelting on government forces, and instigating people to boycott the parliamentary by-elections for the Anantnag seat.
They were charged under Section 18/20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The trial court in Anantnag granted them bail but police did not release them and instead booked them under another FIR at police station Soura.
On May 28, the trial court at Srinagar granted interim bail till the next date of hearing, June 18, Andrabi and both her associates. The court directed police station Soura to immediately release the accused.
The court had earlier called for the case report from police station Soura where Andrabi and her associates were booked. The court after perusing the case dairies and the report submitted by police station Soura, and after hearing arguments from Asiya’s counsel, found sufficient grounds to grant interim bail to the accused.