Bombay HC grants bail to Iqbal Ahmed accused of being ISIS member

The Bombay High Court has granted bail to alleged Islamic State operative Iqbal Ahmed, who was charged under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Explosive Substance Act for supposedly joining the terror organisation.

While granting bail, the division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice NJ Jamadar granted bail to Ahmed for a bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety. The court also imposed certain conditions on Ahmed of not leaving the Mumbai region without reporting to the NIA office on given days.

Ahmed had moved the High Court after the Special NIA Court had rejected his bail application.

According to the prosecution, Ahmed was part of the ‘Parbhani module’ which was purportedly planning to carry out a terror attack on the office of the Superintendent of Police in Parbhani.

Mihir Desai, Ahmed’s counsel, had argued that there was no evidence against the petitioner and that the trial in the case is yet to commence and there are over 150 witnesses to be examined.

After hearing the parties at length, the Court reserved the appeal for orders.

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