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Kashmiri students held for sedition in UP granted bail

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
March 31, 2022 21:11 IST
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The Allahabad high court has granted bail to three Kashmiri students, who were arrested on the sedition charge after they allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans following a cricket match in Agra last year.

IMAGE: The three Kashmiri students of Agra college were accused of raising pro-Pakistan slogans after India's defeat in the T20 World Cup match. Photograph: ANI Photo

They were also accused of sloganeering against India and putting objectionable posts on social media.

The accused, however, in their bail pleas rejected the charges, saying they have been falsely implicated in the case.

After hearing arguments, Justice Ajay Bhanot granted them bail on Wednesday.

Inayat Altaf Sheikh and the two other accused said in their pleas that the case was the result of "student rivalry over trivial issues".

'The applicants did not raise anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans. They hail from the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which is the very embodiment of Indian values,' their bail pleas said.

 

Their counsel told the court that the applicants 'truly represent Kashmiriyat', defined by a composite culture.

'These ideals also form the essence of Indian values diversely expressed in various parts of the country. The applicants are young students with a bright future. The trial is moving at a snail's space and is not likely to conclude any time soon. The inordinate delay in the trial will lead to indefinite detention of the applicants,' their bail pleas said.

Their counsel also contended that the applicants do not have any criminal history.

'Applicants shall not abscond and will cooperate in the criminal law proceedings. The applicants shall not tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses in any manner,' the counsel said.

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