NIA court grants bail to PDP leader Rehman Parra

Party says he has been arrested again by J&K police

January 09, 2021 05:49 pm | Updated 10:28 pm IST - Srinagar

Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra. Photo: Twitter/@parawahid

Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra. Photo: Twitter/@parawahid

The special court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday granted bail to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra in a case related to his alleged connection with an arrested militant.

However, the PDP claimed that Mr. Parra was detained by the J&K Police special wing, Counter-Insurgency Kashmir (CIK), immediately after his release.

The NIA court, Jammu, granted bail to Mr. Parra, considered a close confidante of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in the case, an official said. He has been in NIA custody for over a month.

In a tweet, Ms Mufti said Mr. Parra was arrested again.

"Despite the NIA court granting bail to Mr. Parra after thorough court proceedings, he has now been detained by the CIK in Jammu. Under what law and for what crime has he been arrested? This is brazen contempt of court. I request Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to intervene so that justice is served,” she said.

Mr. Parra was arrested by the NIA in November last year to investigate his alleged links with one of the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants arrested earlier last year. It's alleged that Mr. Parra was in touch with one of the arrested militants in 2019, at a time when the elections were due in J&K.

The NIA has already submitted a chargesheet in the case. Meanwhile, Mr. Parra, whose arrest came just days after he filed his nomination for a District Development Council seat, has won the polls.

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