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Delhi HC denies bail to PFI leader E Abubacker despite deteriorating health

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by the former Popular Front of India (PFI) Chairman E Abubacker seeking his release in the UAPA case being probed by the NIA.

Abubacker’s counsel sought bail citing the lack of evidence in the draconian charges, including UAPA, against him.

The petition for an interim bail was made on medical grounds. Abubacker, a 72-year-old cancer survivor is now suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

He had approached the high court after he was denied relief by the trial court.

Earlier, the court had refused to place Abubacker under house arrest, as per his family’s wish to provide him proper treatment while staying at his residence.

Though the Delhi HC had directed the Medical Superintendent of Tihar Jail to ensure “efficacious” treatment to Abubacker for his ailments on a regular basis, his health has been deteriorating since then.

Abubacker, a tall Muslim political figure in the subcontinent, was arrested by the anti-terror agency during a massive crackdown on the Popular Front of India (PFI) in 2022.

A large number of PFI activists were detained or arrested in several states during the massive raids preceding the nationwide ban on the organisation in September 2022.

Across the country, in a quick hunt spearheaded by the NIA, a large number of PFI activists were detained or arrested in 11 states with charges related to terrorism pressed against them.

Following the raid and arrests, the government banned the PFI and several of its associate organisations on September 28, 2022 for five years under the stringent anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act (UAPA), accusing them of having links “global terrorism”.

The arrests were made in states and Union Territories, including Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Delhi and Rajasthan.

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