New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday granted bail to Thaha Fasal, an accused in the Pantheerankavu UAPA case. Fasal had surrendered in January this year following the cancellation of his bail.
The court also denounced the demand of the NIA to cancel the bail of Alan Shuhaib. The pleas were heard by the bench comprising of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice Shreeniwas Oka.
The court directed NIA to produce Thaha in the trial court and finish the procedures as soon as possible.
Speaking to media persons from her house in Kozhikode, Thaha’s mother expressed her happiness over the verdict. November 1st marks the second anniversary of the case, she recalled.
The Pantheerankavu police arrested Thaha and Alan in November 2019, due to alleged Maoist links. The case was later taken over by the NIA. The trial court then granted them bail subject to strict conditions, on September 9. The bail was granted after accepting the defense attorney's argument that the prosecution has not submitted any evidence proving their Maoist connection and that they were kept in custody even after the interrogation was completed.
The NIA charge sheet says Alan and Thaha conspired to execute unlawful activities and they are members of the CPI Maoist. It also mentions that pamphlets and pen drives were collected from the houses of Alan and Thaha.