Delhi Court grants bail to Kashmiri Imam framed under ridiculous charge

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A Delhi Court has granted bail to Javaid Ahmed Lone, an Imam from Ganderbal district of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He was framed under a ridiculous terror-funding charge. The court in its order said helping a person build a house or providing financial help to a man for his daughter’s medical treatment cannot be considered as incriminating.

In its chargesheet, India’s dreaded National Investigation Agency (NIA) had alleged that Javaid Ahmed Lone was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami which was involved in pro-freedom and anti-India activities in IIOJK by collecting funds through foreign donations in the name of charity and “using them for these activities.

Lone was arrested on February 15, 2022, after he was questioned multiple times in the case. He was an imam at a mosque in Ganderbal.

The NIA stated that they recovered a list of JeI members from the possession of Lone, who allegedly collected Rs 15 lakh from them. It was 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.—KMS