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SC refuses bail to suspected IM operative

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today refused to interfere with a order dismissing the plea of a suspected (IM) member, who was deported from in 2012 in a case relating to the setting up of an alleged illegal arms factory here.

A bench headed by Justice granted liberty to accused to approach the lower court for regular if the trial in the case was being "prolonged".

"In the facts of the case, we are not inclined to interfere. However, we leave it open to the petitioner (Mahmood) to move the trial court for regular once again in the event the trial gets prolonged and is not disposed of within a reasonable period, that is six months from today," the bench, which also comprised Justices R and Navin Sinha, said.

Mahmood had approached the apex court challenging the April 17 order of the high court dismissing his bail plea. The had on May 23 opposed his plea before the top court.

The high court had dismissed the bail plea of Mahmood, who is alleged to be an aide of IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, observing that there was no valid reason to grant him the relief considering the gravity of offence and serious allegation against him.

The high court had also noted that the accused has already been denied bail earlier by the high court as well as the apex court.

The Special Cell of had alleged that a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from an illegal arms factory located in Meer Vihar area here. It had also claimed that Bhatkal and others, including Mahmood, were part of the conspiracy to carry out terror strikes in the country.

The accused has denied all the allegations.

Mahmood, a by profession, was alleged to be one of the key members of the IM's dreaded 'Darbhanga module' which had allegedly carried out various terror strikes in the country since 2008.

The police had alleged that he was the "motivator" for driving the youth to join the IM and charge sheeted him for the alleged offences under the Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Mahmood was deported from and was arrested at the here on October 22, 2012. He was detained in in May 2012.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:25 IST