On Uttarakhand HC order, acquitted Pakistani national held again
A Pakistani national, who was earlier acquitted by a lower court, has been arrested again on the directions of the Uttarakhand High Court, police said on Sundaydehradun Updated: Dec 17, 2017 20:06 IST
A Pakistani national, who was earlier acquitted by a lower court, has been arrested again on the directions of the Uttarakhand High Court, police said on Sunday.
Abdi Ali alias Asad Ali, a resident of Hajarala village near Lahore, was first arrested on January 27, 2010 on charges of spying.
Senior superintendent of police VK Krishna Kumar said Abid was held during Maha Kumbh fair in Haridwar after sensitive documents and maps related with Roorkee and Haridwar cantonment, railway station, bus station and Har-Ki-Pauri core mela zone were found from his possession.
A case was registered against Abid under Official Secrets Act for spying and dispatching secrets through electronic mail and courier, Kumar said. Jagdish, who owned a tailoring shop in Gang Nahar, was also arrested for assisting Abid.
After three years of legal battle, Abid was acquitted by the additional district judge court in July 2013. The Uttarakhand government then moved the high court against lower court decision. Hearing the case on Friday, the high court expressed surprise over the lower court’s decision to release Abid and ordered his re-arrest.
“Abid was arrested on Saturday from Roorkee and all the requisite documents have been taken by police and their verification is being done,” said Kumar.
A father of three children, Abid married a local woman in 2009, and started working as a carpenter and flex board installer.
First Published: Dec 17, 2017 20:06 IST