Srinagar: A court here granted bail to Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam in a sedition case of 2010 for allegedly circulating a video asking forces personnel to leave Jammu and Kashmir.
The court granted Alam bail against surety and personal bond of Rs 50000.
While prosecution had sought rejection of bail on the ground that the offence is heinous, serious and anti-national, the court found no reason for Alam’s continuous imprisonment.
The State prayed for rejection of bail application on the ground that accused is involved in non-bailable offences as such cannot claim bail as a matter of right
“For the reason that continuity in custody shall result in his pre-trial punishment and is likely to deny him an opportunity to seek appropriate legal assistance in preparing an effective defence,” the court said.
Police had stated that the evidence collected by the investigating agency establishes prima facie case against the accused for the offence 13 ULA (P) Act, 506 and 124-A /RPC “and as such this application of the accused merits rejection”.
Earlier, Alam through his counsel Farooq Ahmad Bhat rejected the charges leveled against him saying that FIR was lodged on behalf of some influential politician.