Supreme Court heard the criminal appeal filed by appellant one Jahir Hak while observing that the person has been in custody for almost 8 years and the prosecution has examined only 6 out of the 109 witnesses granted bail to a person accused under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) .
A Delhi court had reserved its verdict on the bail plea of Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar Umar Khalid in a Delhi Riots case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act provisions. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat has fixed March 14 for pronouncement of the order.
The Supreme Court has set aside the Jammu and Kashmir High Court order, which had earlier deprived the protected witness statements in the case of Waheed Para, who had approached the top court of the country for access to the statements of witnesses.
The Jammu & Kashmir High Court division bench while hearing a criminal appeal said that the request of an Investigating officer for extension of time can not be a substitute for the report of the public prosecutor under the provisions of Section 43D (2)(b) of the UAPA Act.