SC dismisses bail plea of suspected member of TN-based Al-Ummah

Petitioner was charge sheeted in 2013 Malleswaram blast

SC dismisses bail plea of suspected member of TN-based Al-Ummah
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of a suspected member of proscribed Tamil Nadu based terrorist organisation 'Al-Ummah'. He was charge sheeted for procuring a SIM card for the co-accused who carried out blast in a motorcycle in front of KRSP van in Malleswaram, Bengaluru in 2013.
 
A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta dismissed the petition filed by 30-year-old Basheer. The petitioner challenged the Karnataka High Court's order of January 5, 2017.

The HC did not find sufficient ground to grant bail to Basheer, a Tiruvannaveli-resident. It had said if the offences, as alleged against the petitioner, under various provisions of law are proved, the punishment would be either death or imprisonment for life.
 
Senior advocate Ratnakar Dash, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that he was accused of providing SIM cards to the other accused but the person who committed the theft of the mobile phone has not been made an accused in the case. He also claimed the said mobile phone was not seized.
 
“The offence is of wide ramifications, I admit, but there was no major role ascribed to me. All that the prosecution claims is only of circumstantial evidence,” the counsel said. The bench, however, was not impressed with the arguments. The court declined the plea.
 
In his plea, Basheer has claimed that he was in judicial custody since April 22, 2013 and there was no progress in the trial.
 
The Karnataka police's central crime branch had claimed that the accused have also planned to plant a bomb in front of BJP office with an aim to target political leaders due to ensuing assembly elections. The accused, along with others was charge sheeted under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Damages to Public Property Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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