Srinagar: Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat dismissed the NIA’s claim that Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yusuf was involved in “stone-pelting” and “subversive activities”, and said the agency has not placed on record a “single photo/video” to show the accused was “indulging in stone pelting activities at any site”, the Indian Express reported.
“It would make ‘serious dent’ in personal liberty of the accused, ‘as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution’, if the court holds that there are reasonable grounds to show that the charges against Kamran are prima facie true, a Delhi court said while granting bail to the Kashmiri photojournalist, arrested in September,” the report said.
The court also said the NIA could not produce any direct link between Yusuf and others chargesheeted in the case.
Yusuf, 22, has been in Tihar Jail after his arrest by the NIA on September 5. The court took into account the bail of a journalist in Karnataka, who was reporting an incident, and said that it was “apparent” that mere “presence” of the accused at the site of incident is “not sufficient to implicate” the accused.
Yusuf and 11 others were chargesheeted and booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).