NIA opposes interim bail plea of ISIS suspect before Delhi court

The NIA today opposed before a Delhi court the interim bail plea of a suspected ISIS member, for undergoing kidney surgery.

Published: 31st July 2017 08:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2017 08:22 PM   |  A+A-


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NEW DELHI: The NIA today opposed before a Delhi court the interim bail plea of a suspected ISIS member, for undergoing kidney surgery, saying the relief may hamper the ongoing probe and flee from justice.

The agency urged the court to dismiss the application moved by Moinuddin Shareef Khan, arrested for allegedly recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit, claiming that he was getting medical facility from jail authorities.

It also told the court that there was no provision under the anti-terror law -- Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to grant interim bail to accused for treatment while in judicial custody.

"The case is at the stage of arguments on charge and further investigation is under progress. If the accused is released on interim bail, he may hamper with ongoing probe, influence the witnesses and he is likely to flee away from justice," the NIA said.

The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on August 8.

The bail application moved through advocate M S Khan had alleged that "the accused is having a stone in his kidney and despite directions, no arrangement has been made by the jail administration for his surgery".

The accused has sought 15 days' interim bail for undergoing the surgery.

The NIA had filed its charge sheet before the court outlining the role of Moinuddin Shareef Khan, along with 16 other accused in a larger conspiracy of ISIS to further the terror group's ideology.

The agency had claimed that members of the banned outfit -- Islamic State (IS) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), in connivance with a few resident and non-resident Indians, have been indulging in identification, radicalisation, recruitment, and training.

The final report had alleged that some Indian youths were sent by the accused, who is currently in judicial custody, to countries like Syria, Libya and Iraq for terror activities.

They were arrested under several sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC). A case was registered by NIA on December 9, 2015, against unknown and unidentified persons involved in the activities of ISIS in India and other Asian countries.

The agency had filed a FIR against unknown persons on the basis of inputs received from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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