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Accused in Hindu Munnani leader Sasikumar murder case gets bail

The bench of Justices S Vimala and S Ramathilagam granted the relief to Mubarak alias Mohammed Mubarak, arrested by NIA in connection with the murder of C Sasikumar.

Published: 26th September 2018 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2018 05:44 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A division bench of the Madras High Court has granted bail to Mubarak alias Mohammed Mubarak, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the murder of C Sasikumar, a spokesperson of the Hindu Munnani, in Coimbatore on September 22, 2016.

The bench of Justices S Vimala and S Ramathilagam granted the relief, while allowing an appeal from Mubarak challenging the orders dated March 22 last of the Special Court (Under National Investigation Agency Act) in Poonamallee, on September 12 last. The March 22 order of the special court extended the period of detention of Mubarak from 90 days to 180 days, which was under challenge. After going through the report of the Public Prosecutor filed before the Special Court seeking extension of remand, the bench noted that no specific or special reasons had been given in the report seeking remand extension.

The special court had not recorded any reason why the prayer for remand extension was being allowed. The report was merely indicative of the progress made in the investigation and the phases in which it needed to be made. The reasons contained in the report cannot in any manner be said to be special or specific reason which restrained the court from releasing the accused on bail. The legislative intent in extending the remand of the accused has been discussed by the Supreme Court in many cases, the bench said.

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