‘Encounter Specialist Cop’ Sonu Granted Bail

Asif Iqbal Naik

KISTWAR

After reserving the bail order on 23rd of this month, Principal District and Session Judge Bhaderwah M K Sharma Thursday granted bail to ‘encounter specialist cop’ Shiv Krishan Sharma alias Sonu, his personal Security Guard Head Constable Mohammad Ayoob and others facing trail in FIR No: 33/2013 U/S 307, ¾ ESA, 7/27 Arms act registered at Police Station Thatri of Doda District for their allege role in lobbying the hand grenade on police station Thatri, besides making an attempt to review the militancy in Doda and Kishtwar District of the Jammu and Kashmir. All the accused were in jail since last over one year.

As per the details available, Principal District and Session Judge Bhaderwah granted bail to accused cop and others subjected to furnishing of bail bound to the tune of Rs. 1 lac each.

The Hon’ble judge in open court today read the order granting bail to all the accused except one Abdul Rashid alias Abdullah a former surrender LeT militant; however, the final order has not been issued till the last report came in.

Defence counsel appeared for one of the accused confirms that Hon’ble court has granted bail to all the accused facing trail in FIR No. 33/2013 of police station Thatri.

The Hon’ble court granted the bail in favour of all the accused including Sonu after getting satisfied from the reply of certain queries raised by the Hon’ble court before granting bail to the accused cop from the defence council and submission of authorities of an apex court/high court granted bail to the accuse facing trial in such type of case as is being faced by encounter specialist cop Sonu.

All the accused has been asked by the court to remain present in court on next date of hearing of the case. All the bailout accused will be released from jail only by tomorrow evening after formal order reached to the concern jail authorities where the accused are presently lodged.

A Kashmiri youth Arshad Hussain was also granted bail by the court. The decks for granting bail to the accused cop and his security guard after all the witnesses turned hostile and blamed Investigating Officer and other senior police officer for framing the ‘encounter specialist cop’ in false case.

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