Mumbai: The Bombay High Court
on Monday granted bail to Saalim Nachan - a 21-year-old
engineering student who was arested for allegedly opening fire at
a VHP member Manoj Raicha in 2012.
Saalim's advocate Rebecca Gonsalves
had sought bail, stating that there is no evidence or witness
statement to show that Saalim was
part of the alleged conspiracy.
"The police has invoked stringent provisions of the Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) as well as Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in this case. This is not a
terrorist act," Gonsalves had argued.
Accepting her arguments, Justice A.M. Thipsay granted Saalim bail
on a cash bond of Rs 15,000.
Saalim's father Saquib Nachan was an
accused in the 2003 Mulund bomb blast case. Saalim was arrested on
August 28, 2012 when he went to Bhiwandi Court to meet his father.
According to the prosecution, Saalim and other accused conspired
to murder Raicha, as he regularly prevented them from slaughtering
cows during Ramzan. Allegedly, the accused had fired at Raicha on
July 23 last year, but it only managed to injure him.
Earlier, during the hearing of the bail plea, the court had
observed that the only reason Shamil was dragged into the case
which attracted sections of the MCOCA and UAPA, was because of his
father Saquib Nachan's alleged involvement in terror cases.