Pantheerankavu UAPA case: SC to pronounce verdict on Thaha's bail plea


The Supreme Court of India on Thursday will pronounce its verdict in the bail plea of Thaha Fasal, an accused in the Pantheerankavu UAPA case. Fasal had surrendered in January this year following the cancellation of his bail.

Alan Shuhaib and Thaha Fasal | Photo: Mathrubhumi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday will pronounce its verdict on the bail plea of Thaha Fasal, an accused in the Pantheerankavu UAPA case. Fasal had surrendered in January this year following the cancellation of his bail.

The court will also announce its decision on whether Alan Shuhaib's bail to be cancelled, as demanded by the probing agency, the NIA. Alan’s age and medical treatment were taken into account by the Kerala High Court while it decided not to cancel his bail. Evidence collected from Alan is less serious, observed the court. Although the personal freedom of the youth is important, it is inferior to the nation’s interest. Some of the evidence collected has elements of separatism. UAPA aims to prevent such activities. If the evidence and statements of witnesses are considered, the court cannot agree to the bail, it has observed.

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.

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