NIA has planted evidence against Areeb Majeed, claims lawyer
The lawyer challenged the applicability of charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).mumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2016 01:47 IST
The lawyer of Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan resident arrested for his alleged links with the Islamic State (IS), said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had tried to plant evidence against his client and booked him in a false case.
While seeking his bail on Tuesday, Majeed’s lawyer Mobin Solkar contested the central agency’s allegation that Majeed had tried to sneak into the country with ulterior motives. Solkar said that Majeed was deported with emergency certificate.
The lawyer challenged the applicability of charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The NIA has said Majeed, along with other three youths from Kalyan, had left the country to join IS in May 2014, on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage.
Solkar argued that Majeed was shown arrested on November 24, 2014, while the central government issued notification to declare ISIS a banned organisation on February 16, 2015.
This notification was published in gazette on February 17, 2015.
Solkar said there is no retrospective effect in criminal law and hence even if it is believed that Majeed was a member of IS before his arrest, even then he cannot be booked under UAPA.
Majeed, who had returned to India after being part of various operation of the IS, had alleged that the central agency which probed the case had hacked his social media account and forced him to confess about his association with the banned group.
Between August and October 2014, Majeed had participated in several attacks perpetrated by IS. He also sustained bullet injures twice and was injured.
Officials from the investigating agency said that Majeed wanted to return to India and made several attempts to do so. It was only on November 24, 2014, that Majeed approached the Indian Embassy in Turkey. He sought help from the embassy to return to India, claiming that he had lost his passport.
The charge sheet filed against Majeed claims that in January 2013, he was inspired to join jihad. The NIA said Majeed started following the developments and rise of ISIS through the internet and was being radicalised through videos and articles floated by the banned organisation.
His family, however, has claimed that Majeed is innocent and has been falsely implicated by the central investigative agency.