Mirza hopes DRDO will reinstate him

Mirza hopes DRDO will reinstate him

Mirza hopes DRDO will reinstate him

 Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, 26, arrested in connection with Bangalore terror module case and released on bail, has claimed that the National Investigation Agency had not found any prosecutable evidence against him till date.

Briefing reporters on Wednesday, Mirza, who was on a junior research fellowship with the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), said he too was branded a mastermind of the alleged terror plot and the police questioned his intention of joining DRDO.

Stating that he was beaten up when arrested on August 29, 2012, he, however, said, he was not physically tortured thereafter but subjected to mental harassment in the last six months.

He said he was sad the NIA had left his fate hanging in balance, neither giving him a clean chit nor charging him, which cost him his dream job at DRDO. He expressed confidence that the NIA Special Court would soon discharge him from the case, after which, he hoped he would get back his job at DRDO.

Mirza was working on a two-year junior research fellowship at DRDO from January 9, 2012, as per his appointment order dated December 15, 2011. His contract was to expire on January 9, 2014.
However, DRDO has sent a letter to his house on February 12, 2013, curtly stating that his service has been terminated, without citing any reason.

Justice Somnath R Sindhagi of the NIA Special Court granted him statutory bail as the investigating agency failed to file a charge sheet within the stipulated time frame of 180 days. The court granted him bail on two conditions: he should furnish two sureties of Rs 25,000 each and surrender his passport.

On Tuesday evening, two of Mirza’s relatives gave surety. His passport was submitted to the court, after which Justice Sindhagi granted him bail. Mirza was released from Parappana Agrahara Central Prison on Tuesday night.