Muslim man who sent WhatsApp message threatening to bomb Yogi Adityanath gets bail after 6 months in jail

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Kamran Ameen Khan, who allegedly sent a WhatsApp message threatening to kill Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with a bomb.

The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh was hearing the bail application filed by Khan. The bail application has been filed by the applicant under Sections 505(1)(b), 505(2), 120B, 506, 507 IPC, 66(F) Information Technology Act, at Gomti Nagar Police Station, Lucknow.

The allegation against the accused-applicant is that he sent a WhatsApp message to a WhatsApp group of Uttar Pradesh Police Headquarter from his mobile. The message read, "cm yogi ko me bomb se marne wala hu musalman k jaan ka dushman h vo." After that the accused was arrested on May 23, 2020 and has been in jail since May 25.

The accused has tendered an unconditional apology in his affidavit tendered in the Court which is taken on record. He wrote his unconditional and unqualified apology for his wrongful act and undertakes not to commit any such act in the future.

That it may also be submitted that on account of unprecedented circumstances owing to the spread of coronavirus disease and a nationwide lockdown and the sheer frustration arising from a financial crunch and unemployment being faced by him, the accused was not in a fit state of mind and was unable to realise the nature and repercussion of his act.

The wrongful act of the accused deserves to be condoned and the case deserves to be considered sympathetically under these circumstances. Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, unconditional and unqualified apology tendered by the accused-applicant for his act, the Court found it to be a fit case for granting bail.

The applicant shall file an undertaking to the effect that he shall not seek any adjournment on the dates fixed for evidence when the witnesses are present in court. In case of default of this condition, it shall be open for the trial court to treat it as an abuse of liberty of bail and pass orders in accordance with law.

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The applicant in future will be careful while posting or sending messages and will not repeat the offence of such nature.