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Lakhvi granted bail in kidnapping case

A court in Islamabad on Thursday granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, in a six-year-old kidnapping case. The civil judge accepted Lakhvi’s bail plea against surety bonds.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2015 01:30 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Lakhvi bail plea

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A court in Islamabad on Thursday granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, in a six-year-old kidnapping case. The civil judge accepted Lakhvi’s bail plea against surety bonds.

However, on Wednesday in another case, Pakistan’s Supreme Court had declared the suspension of Lakhvi’s detention order as null and void, emplying that Lakhvi continues to stay in jail, despite the grant of bail in the other case.

On January 1, the court had sent him to 14-day judicial remand in the kidnapping case after he was arrested. The move had come after the Islamabad High Court suspended his detention orders issued by the administration.

The police had requested a five day remand to investigate the kidnapping filed at the Golra police station on December 29.

The case was registered on the complaint of Muhammad Dawood, an Islamabad resident. However, the judge rejected the police request to extent his physical remand and sent Lakhvi on judicial remand for two weeks.

The case will now be heard on January 15.

According to the first information report filed, Lakhvi allegedly kidnapped Dawood’s brother in law, Muhammad Anwar Khan six year back. Lakhvi’s lawyer insisted that the case is that of a missing person and not of kidnapping.

The counsel maintained that the “fabricated case” was registered against Lakhvi under pressure from the Indian government.