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SC cancels bail of 8 PFI men granted by Madras High Court

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New Delhi. A Bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal of Supreme Court, on Wednesday cancelled the bail granted by the Madras High Court to eight men booked under the UAPA for being members of banned PFI and having conspired to commit terrorist acts across the country.

The case against the accused were that several documents, including some “pictures with markings” of RSS leaders and other Hindu organisations, had been found in possession of the accused, suggesting that these leaders were on a “hit list”.

Bench said that given the gravity of the offence and the fact that only 1.5 years had been spent in incarceration, the Court could interfere and cancel their bail.

“Having regard to the gravity of the offence and the only 1.5 years spent in incarceration given the maximum punishment, we are inclined to interfere with HC order granting bail. Courts can interfere with orders granting personal liberty if the same is perverse,” the Court said.

Therefore, it cancelled the bail and ordered an expedited trial.

“Prima facie a case has been made out in terms of the material placed before us by the agency,” the Court added.

The Court was hearing an appeal by the NIA against a Madras High Court order that granted bail to the 8 accused.

The High Court had noted that while the NIA charged the appellants of being involved in collecting funds for “committing terrorist acts”, there was nothing on record to link them directly to any terrorist activities.

The NIA had told the Court that several documents, including some “pictures with markings” of RSS leaders and other Hindu organisations, had been found in possession of the appellants.

The NIA had also contended that based on a “vision document”, PFI had an objective to gain political power and to work towards establishment of an Islamic government in Bharat by the year 2047.

A special court had denied the appellants bail in January this year, prompting them to approach the High Court in appeal.

The High Court granted them bail leading to the appeal before the apex court.

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