After spending six months behind bars on charges of being associated with terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, a Kashmiri businessman was granted bail by the Rajasthan High Court after his name was cleared by the NIA.
Syed Abid Jalali had been arrested following an FIR filed against him on the basis of a complaint by his business associate, Satya Prakash Arya. In his complaint in December last year, Arya had alleged that Jalali was associated with one Mohammad Amin Bhat, who he said was a Hizbul militant. Arya had also accused Jalali of not returning jewellery worth Rs. 2.5 lakh. However, after NIA found no evidence linking Jalali to the terror outfit, he was granted bail Tuesday on a personal bond of Rs 2,00,000.
Quoting from the NIA report, Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma in his bail order said: “…No one revealed…any association of Syed Abid Jalali with any of the terror group including Hizbul Mujahideen…a report from SP Goa dated 19.04.2016 was also taken on record that mentions no adverse report with respect to Syed Abid Jalali and Mohd Amin.”
The NIA had started investigating the case following orders from the HC and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The court, however, asked Jalali to submit his passport before the trial court and barred him from travelling abroad without prior permission.
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Arguing before the court, Jalali’s counsel Rajeev Surana had said that his client had been wrongly accused by Arya after the two had a business disagreement.