Adilabad First Additional Sessions Judge A. Venkateswara Reddy, on Friday, granted conditional bail to Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi who is currently in jail as accused number one in the Nirmal hate speech case. The legislator, however, is likely to be released from the District Jail, Adilabad, on Saturday after the bail formalities are duly completed.

The judge imposed as many as five conditions in his bail order pronounced at about 5 p.m. The bail was set at two sureties worth Rs.25,000 each. Owaisi was asked to surrender his passport to Nirmal police and not enter Nirmal town until further orders. He was also ordered not to threaten witnesses in the case, not to participate in public meetings with communal overtones and not to make seditious statements or incite communal hatred.

Almost the entire top brass of the MIM had camped in Adilabad town since morning. The leaders who were present included MLAs Ahmad Balala, Afsar Khan, Ahmed Pasha Quadri, Virasat Rasool Khan, MLC Altaf Hyder Razvi and corporators Mohsina Parveen and Ghouse. The MIM leaders and supporters were jubilant following the grant of bail to Owaisi. Our Nizamabad reporter adds: Owaisi was also granted bail by the Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate’s Court here earlier in the day in another hate speech case booked against him.

Granting bail to Owaisi on health grounds, judge N. Amaravathi directed the legislator to furnish a bond for Rs.10,000 and two sureties of the same amount. He was also told to appear before the court on February 26.