HC denies bail to Hany Babu, says charges prima facie true | India News

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MUMBAI: Observing that the NIA accusations against former Delhi University professor Hany Babu Tharayil of conspiring and abetting terror acts are “prima facie true”, Bombay HC on Monday found no perversity in a special NIA court order that had in February rejected his bail plea.
The HC said the material placed before it by the NIA shows Tharayil (54), arrested on July 28, 2020 in the Elgar Parishad case, “was part of larger conspiracy and had abetted it”.
Tharayil faces “serious” offences under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Tharayil is currently lodged at Taloja Central Prison in Navi Mumbai.
The HC also noted that a ‘communication’ between the co-accused “refers to comrades proposing to take concrete steps to end the ‘Modi Raj’.” “It was stated that ‘we’ are thinking along the lines of another ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type incident’ and targeting ‘his’ road shows could be an effective strategy,” said the HC, observing that the communication also refers to details of the meetings and the requirement of Rs 8 crore for the annual supply of weapons. “Also, the appellant was involved in raising funds for CPI (Maoist) objective of release of arrested comrades,’’ it added.
“The documents seized from the appellant show the involvement in crucial aspects such as mass mobilisation, party building and analysis of cities in the context of a larger objective of CPI (Maoist), a terrorist organisation,’’ said the bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and N R Borkar.



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