Israeli diplomat attack: Journalist Kazmi gets bail and the media
OT, October 19, 2012 08:30 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/New Delhi
New Delhi-based accredited journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi, arrested for his alleged role in the February 13 Israeli diplomat’s car attack case, has been granted bail by the Supreme Court today.
Incarcerated since March 6, a freelance Urdu scribe Kazmi has been directed to deposit his passport by a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, according to his lawyer Mahmood Pracha.
He told OKHLATIMES that he would be probably released by Monday.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police had slapped an Unlawful Activity Prevention Act, 1967 on Kazmi for helping the suspect in conducting the recce of the Israeli Embassy to keep a tab on arrival and departure of diplomats, reported PTI.
Social activist Navaid Hamid wrote on Facebook: “Mansi Sharma, civil rights activists just SMS me about the bail given by Supreme Court to journalist Syed Ahmed Kazmi, accused by overenthusiastic personnel of intelligence agencies in the attack on the Israel’s diplomat in Delhi. This is a clear slap on the officers, who wish to target innocents. Strangely electronic media seems to black out the news.”
The arrest of 50-year-old journalist Kazmi, an expert on the Middle East particularly on Iran, from outside the Indian Islamic Cultural Centre where he used to work part time a few months ago, had sparked nationwide protest with some activists and journalists vouching for him.
Of late Kazmi’s family members had even launched a protest in Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit’s constituency Okhla for his silence over agencies failed attempt to pick up his young relatives from the Jamia Nagar area. (Arrested journalist Kazmi family tries to corner Cong MP Sandeep Dikshit in his Jamia Nagar bastion)
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