Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 2
The Supreme Court has granted bail to Rajasthan man facing terror charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, saying the Rajasthan High Court erred in relying on the public prosecutor’s statement that a prima facie was made out against him.
“We are satisfied that the High Court judgment stating that a prima facie case has been made out against the petitioner based on the public prosecutor’s statement cannot be said to be strictly correct,” a Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman said, granting bail to accused Aadil Ansari.
It also took note of the fact that the accused had not been named in the FIR.
The Rajasthan High Court had on October 26, 2014, dismissed Ansari’s bail plea after the public prosecutor submitted that there was prima facie evidence collected by the police during the investigation to show that Ansari aided terror suspect Barkat Ali.
However, after perused the documents, including the chargesheet filed in September 2014 and the high court’s order, the top court on Wednesday said, “…without saying anything more, so as not to prejudice the trial, we set aside the judgment of the High Court and enlarge the petitioner on bail, subject to the usual conditions to be imposed by the trial court.”
A resident of Jodhpur, Ansari was facing trial under various provisions of the UAPA for allegedly helping terror suspect Barkat Ali escape. The police had recovered explosives from Ali’s house.
The accused had contended during the probe that the police had no strong evidence to prove that the petitioner had aided Ali’s escape.