Terror funding case: Hizbul Mujahideen chief's son challenges Delhi HC bail dismissal; SC rejects plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the plea of Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen founder and a "specially designated global terrorist" Syed Salauddin. Yousuf's plea challenged the Delhi high court order which dismissed his bail petition in a terror funding case.

The top court said that since the trial court had granted extension of time to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to complete the investigation, the accused would not be not entitled to statutory bail.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta said the trial court and the Delhi high court have "applied their mind" and there was no illegality in the decision.

 Terror funding case: Hizbul Mujahideen chiefs son challenges Delhi HC bail dismissal; SC rejects plea

File image of the Supreme Court. AP

Counsel for Yousuf argued that the trial court had erred in allowing the NIA to extend investigation by up to 180 days and in remanding the accused in judicial custody for the time.

"Under the provisions of law, it cannot be done. The extension of time till 180 days can only be done in a piecemeal manner and not in one shot," the counsel argued.

The bench replied that it all depends on the nature of the case and its ramifications. The counsel failed to impress the bench which said that there are several judgments in this regard and it appears from the trial court judgement that the judge has applied his mind.

On May 31 last year, the Delhi high court had dismissed Yousuf's bail plea and had upheld the trial court order dismissing his statutory bail petition.

Forty-two-year-old Yousuf had been posted as agricultural assistant in Budgam of central Kashmir when he was arrested by the NIA on 24 October, 2017. The bail plea of Yousuf, currently in judicial custody, was dismissed by the trial court here on 7 March, 2018.

Yousuf, in his plea, had said he was entitled to statutory bail and the special court had erred in denying him relief in its order.

He had also challenged the special court's order of February 5 last year, allowing the NIA's plea for extension of time up to 180 days to complete investigation and remanding the accused in judicial custody.

The NIA had earlier alleged that the accused had links with proscribed terrorist organisations like Hizbul Mujahideen.

It had alleged that the case was registered on the basis of information on funds from Pakistan being sent to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi to spread terrorism.

The NIA had, in 2011, arrested several persons with Rs 21.2 lakh, and alleged that Yousuf was "one of the several Indian contacts of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat" who had been in touch with him for money transfer codes.

It had alleged that Yousuf was also found to be involved in collecting funds from a terrorist outfit in Saudi Arabia and from other accused terrorists on the directions of his father Mohammad Yousuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, the self-styled supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Salahuddin was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State in June, 2018.

The NIA has claimed that Yousuf has received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers. It had also registered two other cases related to terror funding, one in November, 2011 and the other in May, 2017. It had filed a chargesheet against 10 people including Salahuddin.

Updated Date: Jan 04, 2019 19:27:13 IST



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