In Terror Funding Case, Delhi Court Grants Bail To Kashmiri Businessman

The court asked Zahoor Watali to surrender his passport. (File)

New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted bail to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the National Investigative Agency or the NIA for his alleged role in a terror-funding case involving Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel set aside the trial court’s June 8 order by which Watali was denied bail.

The bench directed that the release of the businessman on bail after furnishing a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and two sureties of the same amount.

Zahoor Watali was directed not to influence or intimidate the prosecution’s witnesses or tamper with the evidence in the case.

He was arrested on August 17 last year by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Zahoor Watali, Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and others have been accused by the NIA of “conspiring to wage war against the government” and fomenting trouble in the Kashmir valley.

The bench Thursday directed Watali to surrender his passport before the trial court and said he will not travel abroad without prior permission of the court.

“If there is any breach of these conditions, it will be open to the NIA to apply to the trial court for cancellation of bail,” the high court said.

In its chargesheet, the NIA has alleged that officials of the Pakistan High Commission here were passing on money to separatists in Jammu and Kashmir through Zahoor…

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