Terrorism

Jamiat Ulema-e Hind takes IB to court

The Jamiat-i-Ulema Hind Maharashtra (Arshad faction) has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the Intelligence Bureau for allegedly framing Muslim youth in terror cases. The organisation, which has been providing legal aid to young men accused of terror acts in the country, mostly from the Muslim community, wants all terror cases since 2002 to be investigated independently by a Supreme Court retired judge.

The charges against the IB include misguiding other investigating agencies by giving wrong inputs. According to the writ petition, IB allegedly falsely framed Muslims during the investigation into the 2006 Mumbai train blast, 2007 UP courts serial blasts, 2008 Ahmedabad and Surat blasts, 2008 Delhi blast and the Jaipur blasts in 2008. The petition states that the IB has followed a set pattern. This includes framing of Muslims as terror suspects and fabricating and manipulating evidence. The IB has been alleged by JUH to have allegiance to the right-wing forces in the country.

IB par RSS ke logon ka kabza hai,” claimed Gulzar Azmi from the JUH. The JUH has till now provided legal aid to 239 terror accused. “In every single case in which a judgment has been passed, those we have defended have been acquitted,” said Azmi. The organisation wants compensation for all those who have been acquitted in terror cases since 2002. “We fought Fahim Ansari’s case. He has been acquitted. But his house has been sold,” said he.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 6

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