Delhi Supreme Court
The Delhi High Court on Friday requested a response from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the bail application of a suspect who has been in prison for more than nine years in a case registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The detainee has claimed that due to the delay in the trial, he should remain in prison without trial. Not only this, the charges in the case are not yet framed.
Manzar Imam, an alleged agent of the Indian Mujahideen, was arrested in August 2013 in a case registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). It was alleged that he had conspired with others to commit acts of terrorism and made preparations to attack prominent places in the country.
A division bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and Judge Nina Bansal Krishna said while setting the hearing of the case that apart from the reasons for delay in the petition, bail has also been requested based on the merits of the case.
Imam was denied bail by a special court on November 28. In October last year, the Supreme Court had asked the special court to hear and settle his application for bail within 75 days.
Sections 17, 18, 18B and 20 of the UAPA and sections 121A and 123 of the Indian Penal Code apply to the FIR in which the Imam is a suspect. In 2021, the Imam had again petitioned the Supreme Court requesting daily hearing of his case in court stating that in NIA cases the accused had been imprisoned for years due to the delay in the trial. Closed.