Tada Court Grants bail to Bitta Karate
Jammu, Oct 24 (UNI) A local Tada Court has granted conditional bail to Farooq Ahmed Dar, alias Bitta Karate, who had been languishing in jail since november 1990.
As per reports, Bitta Karate was yesterday granted bail by presiding officer of Tada Court Wani N D, with the direction that he be released from the custody forthwith if he furnishes bail bond to the tune of Rs 1 lakh and a personal bond of the equal amount.
The prosecution resisted the bail application on various grounds, including that accused is a Pakistan trained militant and committed multiple crime and he is not entitled to concession of bail.
The prosecution further stated that Bitta Karate threatended the joint director prosecution in the open court, which shows that he has not mended his ways yet.
In the six-page bail order, the presiding officer observed that the accused was facing incarceration for the last 16 years and that his other co-accused, who were facing trial, had already been granted bail.
Bitta Karate was detained under PSA, which has been quashed by the Supreme Court, he observed.
In view of the circumstances, court said, inordinate delay caused in framing of charge was either because of the fault of prosecution or the defence but the fact remains that the accused for no fault of his was languishing in jail for years together.
''There is no justification in continuation of the accused/petitioner incarceration when other co-accused leveled with the same allegations are enjoying the fruits of liberty,'' it said.
With these observations Tada court granted bail to Bitta Karate for a period of four months.
The accused was further directed to remain present during trial and not to temper with the prosecution evidence, or indulge in the commission of offence of like nature.
He was also directed not to leave the jurisdiction of Jammu and kashmir without prior permission of the court. He would have to report to the police station misuma once a fortnight.
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