The Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by alleged ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed challenging a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court order that had denied him bail in May, 2015.
Justices Ranjit More and S C Gupte said, “We find no merits in the appeal and it is accordingly dismissed.” A detailed copy of the judgment is likely to follow the pronouncement.
Majeed has been in custody for over a year and his bail plea has been pending in HC since June, 2015.
Majeed had sought bail as a matter of his “right under the criminal procedure code”, considering that he had been in custody since November, 2014 and the investigating authorities have already filed a chargesheet in the case.
The NIA had defended its decision to get Majeed’s custody extended by a sessions court saying the NIA court was unavailable on February 25, 2015 and thus, it approached the special MCOCA sessions court.
“This was not an ordinary sessions court, but a specially designated court. We had to approach this court as Maharashtra has only one special NIA court which was not available on that day,” the counsel for NIA said.
Majeed’s counsel Mubin Solkar, meanwhile, claimed that extension of his custody by an order of the sessions court was erroneous and illegal since his case is being handled by the NIA and as per law, all proceedings of the case, including orders for extension of his custody must be passed only by a special NIA court.
Majeed was a student in a Panvel College before he allegedly decided to join the ISIS along with three of his friends last May.
On November 28, 2014, he was brought to India by the NIA and is currently lodged in Arthur Road Jail.
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