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Court grants bail to NC leader booked under UAPA for 'hate speech'
3/4/2021 11:06:59 PM
Early Times Report
UDHAMPUR, Mar 4: Principal District and Session Judge Baramulla Sanjay Parihar with Special Powers of trial of offences under ULA (P) Act for district of Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara today granted bail to National Conference leader Hilal Akbar Lone who had been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for delivering a hate speech during a public rally in Hajin area of North Kashmir's Bandipora district .
Lone who is also the elder son of Member Parliament from North Kashmir and senior National Conference leader, Mohammad Akbar Lone. Hilal Lone, who was granted bail today had served as Additional Advocate General (AAG) during NC-Congress alliance in J&K from 2009-2014.
According to Police reports Hilal was booked under FIR number 02/2021 under Sections 125- P R Act,13 UL A (P) Act, 153-A, 188,505 IPC by Hajan Police station for delivering a hate speech and his involvement in anti-social and anti-national activities.
After hearing APP for the state and Ld counsel for Petitioner, the Court said that the allegations leveled against petitioner were only in the nature of effecting peace and tranquility and at the most leading to hatred against a particular community or particular political party.
However that itself cannot be branded as an Unlawful Activity within the ambit of Sec. 13 of the ULA(P)Act, Petitioner is stated to be person of repute besides had represented the Home Department of erstwhile government in the capacity as Additional Advocate General. It is not the case of the prosecution that while being released on bail the petitioner has the tendency to evade the process of law.
Granting bail, Court said that petitioner has already undergone pre-trial detention for over more than two months subject to conditions of safeguarding and 14 of 14 smooth fair completion of investigation of the crime, shall be released subject to furnishing of surety bonds to the tune of Rs 2,00,000 with one surety in the like amount on the condition that he shall remain present with trial, shall not harass and intimidate prosecution witnesses, shall not leave the territorial jurisdiction of this court without prior permission.
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