Hurriyat leader Alam Bhat released on bail in J&K

Senior Hurriyat leader and Vice Chairman of Muslim League Masrat Alam Bhat was released on bail after 21 months of detention under Public Safety Act (PSA), police said Wednesday.

Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 12:43 PM IST

Srinagar: Senior Hurriyat leader and Vice Chairman of Muslim League Masrat Alam Bhat was released on bail after 21 months of detention under Public Safety Act (PSA), police said Wednesday.

Alam was released yesterday on the directions of Principal District and Sessions Judge Gous-un-Nisa to the state.

Alam, who is facing trial under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121-A (abetting waging of war against Government of India) of Ranbir panel Code, Official Secrets Act, was asked by the court to tender a surety bond of Rs 20,000 following which he was granted interim bail for three days.

The court, however, asked Alam to be present before it on June 12. It also asked him not to leave the territorial jurisdiction of the court without obtaining prior permission.

"The accused will not try to hamper or tamper with the prosecution witnesses," it said.
On May 21, the accused through his counsel Sajad Ahmad filed an application before the court seeking bail.

Alam was first booked under PSA in September 2008 after Amarnath land row. The state high court had quashed his sixth PSA on January 1, 2010, and ordered his release. However, that order was never implemented by the state.

The hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani welcomed the release of Alam.
Alam is the second top Hurriyat leader released on the court orders. Earlier, on May 25 moderate Hurriyat leader and Chairman of National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan was set free.

Bureau Report