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Court grants bail to Kashmiri journalist in 2019 Srinagar central jail riot case

Srinagar, May 15 (UNI) Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan, who was arrested in March this year after returning home following five years of detention, has been granted bail by a Srinagar Court in a case related to the agitation of jail inmates inside the Srinagar Central Jail in 2019.
Additional Session Judge, Special Judge designated under National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act Srinagar, granted bail to Sultan on May 10, saying that mere use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act provisions against an accused would not warrant rejection of bail in ignorance of other binding requirements.
"There can be no dispute at all that so far as the investigation into allegations of commission of offence under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 is concerned, that there is compelling state interest in tackling such serious crimes. However, mere use of this statutory provision would not ipso-facto warrant rejection of applications of bail ignoring the other binding requirements," the Court said.
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