A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Friday granted bail to one of the accused in the Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror emails case.
Farooque Tarkash, an accountant from Pune, was granted bail on grounds of parity, as another accused in the case who was arrested on the same charges had been granted bail earlier by Bombay high court.
The accused has been granted bail against a surety of Rs. 50,000 and has been directed not to induce threat or promise to any other person who is involved in the case. He has also been ordered not to leave Pune and to surrender his passport, if he has one.
Tarkash was among the 21 IM operatives arrested in September 2008 by the Mumbai crime branch, which was probing the terror emails sent by IM operatives after the Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Delhi serial blasts.
The Mumbai crime branch stumbled upon the IM module after it arrested car thief and key IM operative Afzal Usmani. Subsequent investigations led them to Manzoor Asghar Peerbhoy, chief of IM’s media wing.
According to the crime branch, the accused, along with Peerbhoy, used to come to Mumbai to find wireless Internet connections, and went to locations like Sanpada in Navi Mumbai, Chembur, Sion and CST.