Special court rejects bail of undertrial acquitted in Ahmedabad terror case

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NEARLY 14 years since his arrest in an alleged terror email case, the bail plea of an undertrial was rejected by a special court that observed that his acquittal from a terror case in Ahmedabad six months ago does not entitle him to bail in the present case.

Mohammed Zakir Abdul Haque Shaikh was arrested in 2008 by the Mumbai police crime branch and has been behind bars since. The case relates to emails sent to TV channels on August 23, 2008, where it was stated that terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen was taking responsibility of the serial blasts in Ahmedabad in July 2008. It was alleged that the emails were sent by misusing the IP address of a college in Mumbai. The police also claimed to have recovered arms and other incriminating articles from the accused.

In February, a court in Ahmedabad convicted 49 persons and acquitted 28 for the serial blasts. Shaikh was among the three acquitted in the Ahmedabad case. Shaikh filed a bail application through his lawyer Tahera Qureshi on the ground that he was acquitted in the Ahmedabad case, which showed that he was not involved in the terror conspiracy.

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