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Waheed Parra’s Case: Accused is assumed to be guilty without proof, Says Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Feb 24, KNT: A day after a Special Court rejected the bail application of Peoples Democratic Party leader Waheed Parra, the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti equated Parra’s case to climate activitist Disha Ravi saying that Delhi Court’s judgment in Disha Ravi’s case yesterday that mere allegations don’t amount to a crime is in stark contrast with Special Court’s decision to reject Waheed’s bail purely on the basis of accusations without evidence.

The court yesterday rejected the bail of Parra saying that charges against him were “grave, serious and heinous in nature” and that a preliminary analysis of evidence collected so far show he was ‘aiding’ militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of a politician.

Mehbooba Mufti as per KNT took to Twitter to give vent to her anger. She wrote: “Worrying trend that bail is no more the rule but an exception & an accused is assumed to be guilty without proof.”

She said that the current state of affairs is such that under trials are jailed for months & even years languishing behind bars before charges are proven.

PDP youth leader Waheed Parra was detained by the Criminal Investigation Department (Kashmir) and brought from Jammu on a transit remand, after his release by an NIA court on January 9 last month. The National Investigation Agency had arrested Parra on November 25 last year in a militancy related case. (KNT)



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