After 38-days of incarceration, MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi walked out free from Adilabad district jail on Saturday afternoon.
Though Akbar was granted bail on Friday itself, he could not be released since there was delay in surrendering his passport to the munisif magistrate at Nirmal.
The police arrested him in Hyderbad on January 8 and produced in a court in Nirmal which sent him to judicial custody at Adilabad prison the next day. The police arrested him on charges of sedition and waging war against the nation for his ‘hate speech’.
Afer his lawyers submitted his passport and two sureties of `25,000 each in Nirmal court, the munisif magistrate told them to hand over the passport to the investigating officer who is Nirmal Rural inspector of police, which they did.
As Owaisi emerged from prison at 5.10 p.m., MIM workers who gathered in large numbers cheered him lustily. But Akbar preferred not to speak to any one and immediately left for Hyderabad. The state police had made elaborate security arrangements along the highway.
At about 11 a.m., Adilabad district sessions judge A Venkateswara Reddy issued bail papers which were to be submitted in the Nirmal court as it was the trial court. The papers were taken to Nirmal, which is about 80 km, where the munsif magistrate asked the lawyers to surrender the passport to the Nirmal rural inspector who is the investigation officer.
After all the formalities were over in Nirmal which included execution of sureties and surrendering Akbar’s passport, the lawyers then set out to Adilabad and submitted the bail papers to the prison authorities at about 2 p.m. After all the formalities were completed, he finally walked out of the prison at 5.10 p.m.