A special court on Friday has refused to grant bail to six suspected ISIS operatives, arrested from different parts of the country, for allegedly promoting activities and ideologies of the banned terror outfit and luring the youths to join it.
According to sources, the district judge, during in-camera proceedings denied relief to accused Mohd Azeemusan, Mohd Osama, Akhlaq ur-Rehman, Meeraj, Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed and Mudabbir Shaikh, and further extended their judicial custody.
All the suspected ISIS operatives were arrested by the special cell of Delhi police from across cities of Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Aurangabad and later the case was transferred to the Investigation Agency (NIA). In the bail plea, advocate M S Khan, appearing for the said, “Period of investigation was extended by this court on June 10 till July 8 and the same has expired today. Neither the charge sheet has been filed nor the period of investigation been extended. Hence the indefeasible right to statutory bail arises and the applicant-accused have become entitled to be released on bail.”
The NIA, however, opposed the counsel’s contention and submitted that the period of probe was extended earlier. Even though it had earlier taken custody of the accused, saying their custody was required to further probe into the case and find out more about its presence in the country.
The agency had earlier revealed that the custodial probe conducted by police brought out certain names, codes and mobile numbers of some active members and motivator of ISIS, were disclosed by them.
These members were involved in furtherance of activities of their ideologies using internet-based communications like Facebook, Skype and other platforms to lure youths to join the proscribed terrorist organisation, it had claimed.
The Special Cell had registered the FIR in January under the sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. Later the case was transferred to the NIA and a fresh FIR was registered.