Court rejects bail plea of PDP leader  Waheed Parra

"Preliminary analysis suggest he was aiding militancy"

Srinagar, Feb 23 (KNS):  A special court today rejected the bail application of PDP leader Waheed Parra saying preliminary analysis of evidence shows him aiding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Special court said "a perusal of the CD file transpired that in the garb of a politician, the petitioner had been playing an active role in funding the militants and had also been demanding arms and ammunition against payment by misusing his position".

The court also said the bank accounts show huge transactions and the matter is still being investigated and the facts would come out with the passage of time and conclusion of investigation.

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. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested Parra on November 25 in a separate case related to militancy.

The counsel of Parra had argued that he had won elections while being in custody.

The judge rejected the argument and said that Parra having won "does not deserve any consideration because it means that the petitioner is a highly influential person and can tamper with evidence and no witness would depose against him".

The judge said the allegation against the accused "are so grave, serious and heinous in nature that if a balance is to be struck vis-a-vis the personal liberty of petitioner and the security of the state/UT, it is the interest and the security of the state/UT which shall prevail." (KNS)

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