Mere Khalistani mention on the accused’s social media accounts and numbers stored with reference to Khalistan did not indicate that the accused was a member of the terrorist group, according to a bench of Justices GS Sandhawalia and Vikas Suri.

Last week, the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted bail to an accused of having Khalistani ties and charged with violating the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for supposedly testing bombs and aiding and abetting terrorist acts [Amarjeet Singh @ Amar Singh v. National Investigation Agency].

The present appeal is filed against the order dated 04.02.2021 issued by the Special Judge, NIA, SAS Nagar, Mohali, rejecting the appellant’s bail application in FIR No.RC20/2019/NIA/DLI dated 23.09.2019 arising out of FIR No.280 dated 05.09.2019 under Section 304 IPC and Sections 4 & 5 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 (for short ‘1908 Act’) lodged

The Court was considering an appeal from a Special NIA Judge who had rejected the accused person’s bail application on the grounds that he was linked to a terrorist gang supporting the Khalistan movement.

The Bench ordered the appellant’s appearance in front of the Special Court within a week so that he might apply for bail using bail bonds or surety bonds. The appellant will be required to report to the local police department every 15 days by the Special Court.