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‘Mere assumptions’: Kashmiri journalist launched after 13 months in jail

NEW DELHI: Mohammad Manan Dar, a journalist from Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, who was arrested by India’s infamous Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) on faux expenses, has been launched after greater than a yr, with the courtroom within the bail order referring to the costs towards him as mere assumptions.

Mohammad Manan Dar, a resident of Batamaloo space of Srinagar walked out of New Delhi’s Tihar jail on Tuesday night. A member of the family of Manan Dar who obtained him exterior the jail in presence of his legal professionals, in a media interview, stated that he [Manan] is in excessive spirits and appears ahead to persevering with his work as a journalist.

Manan Dar who labored as a contract photojournalist, was arrested by the NIA together with others, together with his brother Hanan Dar, in October 2021 on faux expenses below the draconian legislation, Illegal Actions Prevention Act. In its chargesheet, the company, citing witnesses and knowledge recovered from Manan’s telephone, claimed that earlier than his arrest, he was working “below the quilt of a photojournalist” to “share particulars” about Indian troops and their deployment in Kashmir with Mujahid organizations.

In its bail order, the Delhi courtroom dominated that the Indian probe company’s proof towards Manan shouldn’t be ample to show the cost. The courtroom noticed that the proof introduced earlier than the courtroom in addition to the witness statements was inadequate to show that Manan was concerned in any criminal activity.

Rejecting the NIA’s assertion, the courtroom noticed that the allegation “should be supported by direct proof”. “Mere assumptions or incomplete proof to ascertain such information will not be ample,” the courtroom dominated, observing that the witness statements are inconclusive to show Manan’s involvement in ‘militant’ actions.

Earlier through the bail listening to, Manan’s legal professionals Pankaj Tamanna and Priya Vats instructed the courtroom that he [Manan] was illegally detained by the company for 2 weeks and later proven as arrested on October 22, 2021 and the allegations towards him have been primarily based on conjectures and devoid of any concrete proof. After listening to the arguments, the courtroom granted bail to Manan on bail bond Rs. 50,000 whereas barring him from going overseas.

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