PDP leader granted bail, party says ‘detained’ by intelligence body

New Delhi: A NIA court in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday granted bail to PDP’s youth wing president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra who was arrested on 25 November 2020 in a militancy-related case. The court observed that there was “no whisper” about his involvement in crimes in the original charge sheet presented by the NIA in July 2020.

Following the court judgment, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday alleged that Parra had subsequently been detained by the Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK). She termed his detention as “brazen contempt of court”.

Parra was arrested in connection with a militancy-related case, days after he filed his nomination to contest the district development council polls held between November and December 2020.

The court found that he was not mentioned in the original and supplementary charge sheets filed in July and October last year respectively.

“This kind of inaction on the part of the investigating agency clearly postulates the fact that they were not intending to array the present applicant as ‘accused’ in the present case. It was only after the presentation of the original charge sheet as well as the supplementary charge sheet against the other two accused persons, the investigating agency had woke up from deep slumber and they had chosen to apprehend the present applicant Waheed-ur-Rahman Para on 25th November 2020, alleging that he was involved in the present case and the basis of their allegations was the same statement of accused Naveed Mushtaq, which was recorded by the investigating agency in the month of February 2020,” read the court’s order.

The judge said that Parra cannot be linked with “the commission of offence of supporting the terrorist organization”

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