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A Cuttack court today could not frame charges against a suspected al Qaeda terrorist as he preferred to file a discharge petition saying the charges against him in the police report are "false and groundless". The Cuttack district sessions court was scheduled to frame charges against Abdur Rehman but he said he would go for discharge petition under Section 239 of CrPC. Section 239 of CrPC says that a magistrate, after examining police report and giving the prosecution and the accused an opportunity of being heard, can discharge an accused if he considers the charge against the accused is groundless. The public prosecutor opposed the discharge petition of Rehman and sought time to file a counter to it. District judge S N Mishra allowed the prosecution to file a counter by August 28 and adjourned the hearing on discharge petition till September 6. Rehman was arrested by Delhi Police from here in December 2015 for his alleged links with al Qaeda. He was subsequently booked by Odisha Police under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after finding that money from abroad had come to bank accounts operated by him.
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