A Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court rejected the bail application of PDP leader Waheed Parra in relation to offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

According to a report by Bar and Bench, the Court highlighted that Para is an influential person who won elections to the District Development Council (DDC) even when he was in jail indicating that he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses if released on bail.

“Petitioner is a highly influential person who has won the elections even during his confinement in jail and if he is enlarged on bail, there are full chances of tampering/ winning over evidence of prosecution and no witness would come against the petitioner even in court to depose against him if enlarged on bail,” the Court said.

The Court also opined that the accused is allegedly involved in serious and heinous offences under the provisions of UAPA and waging war against the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) and if enlarged on bail, the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of J-K as well as of India could be endangered.

“The allegations against the petitioner are grave, heinous, and serious in nature that that if a balance is to be struck vis-a-vis the personal liberty of the petitioner and the security of the State/ UT, it is the interest of the UT which shall prevail,” the Court added.

Parra has been accused of establishing clandestine connections with terrorists and secessionist organisations which are operating in J-K. Parra misused his political affiliations for the same and remained in touch with a number of militants, it was alleged by the Police.

He was detained by the Criminal Investigation Department (Kashmir) in FIR No. 31/2020 for commission of offences under section 13, 17, 18, 39, 40 of UAPA and Sections 124-A, 120-B, 121, 121-A of Indian Penal Code.

 

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