Muslim man granted bail after 12 years in custody, court says ‘we must save rights from demise’

Muslim man granted bail after 12 years in custody, court says ‘we must save rights from demise’

By Muslim Mirror Staff

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Mohd Hakim after 12 years of his imprisonment in connection with a case related to the 2008 serial bomb blasts.

“Courts must not play coroner and attend to legal or constitutional rights only after they are dead. Instead, we must play doctor, and save such rights from demise before they are extinguished,” Division Bench of  Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani said.

Senior Advocate Nitya Ramakrishna, appearing for the appellant, submitted that only a limited role has been ascribed to the appellant in the offences alleged, namely, that he had carried a certain quantity of cycle ball-bearings from Lucknow to Delhi. She also brought the court’s attention to the fact that at the time of the offence, Hakim was a college student with no criminal antecedents.

Additional Public Prosecutor Amit Chaddha opposed Hakim’s bail application saying that charges against him are grave and heinous.

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