Court denies bail to Kashmiri woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in NIA custody

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A Kashmiri woman, who was found COVID-19 positive during her NIA custody, was denied interim bail on Tuesday by a Delhi court in a case of allegedly planning a militant attack during the anti-CAA protests early this year.

Hina Bashir Beg, currently lodged into Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, was arrested along with her husband Jahanzaib Sami and another accused Abdul Basith earlier this year.

The judge denied her bail saying the allegation against the accused was of serious nature and that she would be given adequate medical treatment.

The judge also asked advocate M S Khan, appearing for the accused, to suggest any private hospital for her treatment after he claimed that there was a lack of proper treatment facilities in government hospitals.

The NIA had arrested them for allegedly “promoting the Islamic State’s ideology and instigating protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).”

COVID-19 tests of the accused persons were conducted on 6 June, on the directions of the court, while their 10-day custodial interrogation ended on 7 June.

The report of COVID-19 test of accused persons namely Jahanzaib Sami and Mohd Abdullah Basith is negative but report of Hina Bashir Beigh is found positive, the NIA informed the court.

Thereafter, the court had directed the NIA to shift her to the hospital with immediate effect.

The case was transferred to NIA, which lodged a case on 20 March under the sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 124-A (sedition) and 153-A (provocation for causing riot) of IPC and sections 13 (punishment for unlawful activities) and 20 (being member of militant organisation) of stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The NIA later approached a special court here seeking the custodial interrogation of three accused, which was allowed for 10 days by the judge on 20 May, with a direction to the Tihar jail authorities to hand over their custody to NIA after conducting their COVID-19 test and ensure that its found negative.

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