High Court’s important decision: Posts related to Khalistanis on social media does not mean being associated with terrorists; NIA’s claim rejected and granted bail

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Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court observed that a person having any post on social media related to Khalistanis cannot be considered as conclusive evidence of being a member of a terrorist gang. This case was related to one such accused Amarjeet Singh’s post related to Khalistani organizations on social media. In which the High Court granted bail to the said person. The case was registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

this is the case

In the year 2019, NIA had registered a case against some accused under the culpable homicide not amounting to murder and Explosives Act in Tarn Taran. In which a person had earlier applied for bail in the NIA Special Court, Mohali. His bail was rejected by the Special Judge of the NIA on 4 February 2021. After which the said person reached the High Court.

Name was not in the FIR

During the hearing, the High Court found that the name of the accused in the case was not mentioned in the FIR. The NIA had claimed that during the investigation it was revealed that he was an accomplice of the Khalistani terrorist group. In this, he incited his comrades to commit crimes related to the Khalistani wave. Along with this, he had also done bomb testing with his comrades.

Number in mobile is not conclusive proof

During the hearing in the High Court, a double bench of Justice GS Sandhawalia and Justice Vikas Suri said in its judgment that the social media account of the accused had pictures of some Khalistanis. who were of criminal nature. Two numbers were also saved in his mobile in the name of Guri Khalistani and Khalistani Zindabad. The High Court did not consider this to be conclusive evidence of the accused being associated with the Khalistani gang. At the same time, the bench said that the accused is in jail for 2 years and 4 months. In such a situation, the accused was given the benefit of regular bail.

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