Delay in trial can’t be ground for bail : Madras High Court

Holding that mere delay in conducting trial in cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act doesn’t take away the bar on granting bail to suspects, the Madras HC dismissed a bail application moved by an accused arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a murder case. A division bench of Justice R Subbiah & Justice R Pongiappan, rejecting the submissions of […]

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What procedure is followed on pleas seeking ban on outfits?

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought to know from the Union government what procedure is followed before deciding a representation seeking ban on an outfit for alleged unlawful activities. A division bench of Justices R V More and S P Tavade was hearing a petition filed by one Arshad Ali Ansari, seeking a direction […]

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UAPA Tribunal upholds ban on pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice

The Centre’s ban on pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has been upheld by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act tribunal headed by Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel. The tribunal has held that it was clear from the evidence on record that activities of the group were “unlawful”, “disruptive” and “threaten the sovereignty, […]

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No bail for two students arrested under UAPA

A court here on Wednesday dismissed the bail applications of two CPI(M) student activists, who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly distributing pro-Maoist pamphlets. Thaha Fazal and Allan Shuhaib, who are students of Journalism and Law respectively and CPI(M)’s branch committee members, were arrested on November 2 from here, causing widespread […]

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No automatic denial of bail for terror accused: Law panel

There should be no “automatic denial” of bail to a person accused of being involved in terror acts, the Law Commission has cautioned indicating that evidence should be given priority. In its report on ‘Provisions relating to bail’, the panel has warned that “mere classification of an act as an act of terrorism should not […]

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Zakir Naik, IRF indulging in unlawful activity: HC

The Delhi High Court today upheld the Centre’s decision to immediately ban Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), saying the organisation and its president and members were indulging in “unlawful activity”. Turning down the foundation’s claim that the Centre has not given reasons for its order, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said that there is material to […]

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Magistrate can extend detention period upto 180 days: Madras HC

The custody of a person accused of a crime under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act can be extended by a court up to 180 days, provided it is satisfied with the report of the public prosecutor indicating progress in the probe and finds other specific reasons, the Madras High Court has said. A division bench comprising […]

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HC quashes Baig”s death penalty in Pune German bakery blast

Himayat Baig

Mumbai, The Bombay High Court today quashed the death penalty awarded to lone convict Himayat Baig in the 2010 German Bakery blast in Pune due to lack of evidence, but confirmed the life sentence imposed on him for possession of explosives. A division bench of Justices N H Patil and S B Shukre said Baig […]

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Professor’s hand chopping case: Eight years rigorous imprisonment to 10 men

Ten persons belonging to radial outfits were today sentenced to eight years rigorous imprisonment by a special NIA court for chopping off a hand of  a professor in Kerala in 2010, accusing him of hurting religious sentiments through a question paper he had set.NIA court judge P Sasidharan also awarded two years rigorous imprisonment to […]

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Court allows NIA to seek details of Skype a/c of ISIS recruit

A local court today allowed National Investigation Agency to seek details of the conversations and chats carried out by the alleged ISIS `recruit’ Arif Majeed through the telecommunication apps Skype and Tango. “We want the details of the communication made by Arif in the past six months and the court has given us permission to […]

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