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Mere Khalistani mentions on social media accounts of accused not proof of being terrorist: Punjab & Haryana High Court

A Bench of Justices GS Sandhawalia and Vikas Suri mere Khalistani mentions on the social media accounts of the accused and numbers saved with references of Khalistan did not prove that the appellant was a member of the terrorist group.

“Mainly because there are some Khalistani mentions spotted in his social media account which are of offending nature as reproduced above which show that there are two mobile numbers that have been saved under the title ‘Guri Khalistani’ and another mobile number wherein the entry reads as ‘Khalistan Jindabad’ would not as such be conclusive proof that the appellant is a member of a terrorist group,” the order said.

The Court was hearing an appeal against an order of Special NIA Judge dismissing the accused person’s bail application on the ground that he was associated with a terrorist gang to support the Khalistan movement.

However, the High Court found that the accusations were unconvincing and allowed the appeal.

It can be safely recorded that the accusation is not prima facie true and he is entitled for the benefit of regular bail during the pendency of the trial,” the Court ordered.

Source: Barandbench

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