Srinagar: The NIA has said it will continue to oppose the bail application of Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, who was arrested last year in the J&K funding case, a media report said today.
A senior official of the Union Home Ministry said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was yet to issue any instruction. The official said a chargesheet was filed against Yousuf and 10 others, and it was for the court to decide. “We will continue opposing bail for Yousuf. The court will decide on the merit of the case,” said the official.
On Sunday, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter that she spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged him to look into the case. “I’ve requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined,” she said. Yousuf’s arrest has been condemned by journalist associations in the State as well as worldwide journalistic fraternity.
Kamran’s family has maintained that he was doing his job as a freelance journalist.