Khalistan | Punjab Haryana High Court Verdict On Photos with Khalistan On Social Media | Posts related to Khalistanis on social media are not meant to be linked to terrorists; NIA’s claim rejected and granted bail
By Shivani Kapoor - January 15, 2022
ChandigarhOne hour ago
Punjab Haryana High Court.
Any post related to Khalistanis on a person’s social media account cannot be considered as conclusive evidence of being a member of a terrorist gang, observed the Punjab Haryana High Court. The case was related to the post related to Khalistani organizations on the social media account of Amarjit Singh. In which the High Court granted bail to the said person. The case was registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
At the same time, the High Court, in the decision giving the benefit of bail to the accused in the case, has said that he should be produced in a special court within a week to grant him bail, so that he can fill the bail / surety bond for bail. While granting him bail, the Special Court will put a condition that he will report to the local police station after every 15 days.
this is the case
In the year 2019, NIA had registered a case against some accused under the culpable homicide not amounting to murder and Explosives Act in Tarn Taran. In this, a person accused had earlier applied for bail in the NIA Special Court, Mohali. The Special Judge of the NIA rejected his bail on 4 February 2021. After which the said person reached the High Court.
Name was not in the FIR
During the hearing, the High Court found that the name of the accused in the case was not mentioned in the FIR. The NIA had claimed that during the investigation it was revealed that he was an accomplice of the Khalistani terrorist group. In this, he incited his comrades to commit crimes related to the Khalistani wave. Along with this, he had also done bomb testing with his comrades.
Number in mobile is not conclusive proof
During the hearing in the High Court, a double bench of Justice GS Sandhawalia and Justice Vikas Suri said in its judgment that the social media account of the accused had pictures of some Khalistanis, which were of criminal nature. Two numbers were also saved in his mobile in the name of Guri Khalistani and Khalistani Zindabad. The High Court did not consider this to be conclusive evidence of the accused being linked to the Khalistani gang. At the same time, the bench said that the accused is in jail for 2 years and 4 months. In such a situation, the accused was given the benefit of regular bail.