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Azad Maidan: 18 of 63 get bail,5 discharged

A sessions court granted bail on Friday to another 14 accused in the Azad Maidan riot case on grounds of parity after Bombay High Court released four last week.

A sessions court granted bail on Friday to another 14 accused in the Azad Maidan riot case on grounds of parity after Bombay High Court released four last week.

With this,18 of the 63 arrested for the riot have been granted bail. Another five were discharged after police said they did not have evidence against them.

Sessions judge R V Jatale held that since HC had granted bail to a few accused,others too could avail the benefit.

Assistant public prosecutor Jyoti Sawant argued the accused were involved in the riot and had a common intention to damage and cause loss to public property. She said another two accused arrested by Mumbai Police Crime Branch from Bihar for dishonoring the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial had planned to flee to Nepal. Similarly,Sawant said,these accused could also escape.

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Defence lawyers Sharif Shaikh and Khalid Azmi countered there was no evidence to prove the accused,who have spent average two months behind bars,were involved in the riot. “Mere presence at the spot does not prove their role.”

Meanwhile,another accused Junaid Shiekh was granted interim anticipatory bail. Police are expected to file a chargesheet next week as the 90-day deadline nears an end.