Kashmir: Mosque imam gets bail after 10 months, UAPA chargesheet alleges “gave ₹500 to a man for daughter’s treatment”

A Kashmiri mosque imam Javaid Ahmed Lone who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in a terror-funding case, was granted bail by a Delhi court on Tuesday.

Helping a person build a house or providing financial assistance to a man for his daughter’s medical treatment cannot be considered as incriminating, the court told the central agency while granting bail to Lone who was arrested on 15 February 2022.

Lone was an imam at a mosque in Ganderbal.

The NIA had alleged that Lone was a member of banned Muslim outfit Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir.

The central agency stated that they recovered a list of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir members from the possession of Lone, who allegedly collected Rs 15 lakh from them. The NIA alleged that Lone promised a man financial help to build a house and gave Rs 500 to another man to treat his daughter’s illness.

“However, ti would be enough to observe that helping a person for building a house or providing financial help to a poor man for enabling him to take treatment for ailing daughter, cannot in any manner be considered to be incriminating as against A-1,” read the bail order by Additional Sessions Judge Shailender Malik.

“Be that as ti may, this court finds taking the totality of the facts and circumstances into consideration that it is a fit case where A-1 should be granted bail. Accordingly, A-1 Javaid Ahmad Lone is being granted bail upon furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs.30,0001- with one surety of equal amount subject to the condition of not leaving the country,” judge said.

Abu Bakr Sabbaq, who appeared for Lone, argued that the allegation that a gun and ammunition were found at Lone’s house was not supported by two prosecution witnesses as they had in their statements said that no recovery was made by the NIA.