A court here Tuesday granted bail to Kashmir University student Muzamil Farooq who was arrested by police last week for his alleged links with militants.
The arrest of Muzamil—a third semester student of KU's English department—had triggered massive protests in the campus, forcing the authorities to suspend class work till June 30 and also call for evacuation of hostels.
"It is evident from police report and as reiterated in objections of the prosecution that applicant has been arrested as a mere suspect in case (FIR 90 at police station Raj Bagh) and he has not made any disclosure statement to the police. No recovery alleged to have been made from the applicant (sic)," Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, S R Gandhi held while allowing bail plea by the student.
Granting interim bail to Muzamil till July 6, the court said: "In view aforesaid circumstances, keeping the applicant in custody would not be justified."
Subsequently, the court ordered that Muzamil be released on bail against personal bond of Rs 20000 with one surety.
"He shall not leave Kashmir without seeking a prior permission," the court added.
While Police booked him for his alleged militant links, Muzamil's family and his varsity mates, however, alleged he was being framed in a false case.
However police said Muzamil was wanted in a case (FIR No 90) at Rajbagh Police Station.
According to official sources, the varsity's Vice Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi Tuesday morning met Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the University, at CM Secretariat here to seek Muzamil's release. Earlier on Saturday, the sources said, the Vice Chancellor also met Governor N N Vohra, who is the Chancellor of the University, for the same purpose.
The VC also met the student during his release process on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Head of the English department, the sources said.
A KU spokesman in a statement said the Vice Chancellor expressed satisfaction over release of Muzamil.
"The Vice-Chancellor had been constantly pursuing the student's release with higher authorities ever since his arrest and also ensure his welfare. The Vice Chancellor along with HOD English also went to see the student today," he said.
Meanwhile, class work shall resume at the Main Campus on Wednesday (July 1, 2015).
Advocate MirzaS alim Beg represented Muzamil Farooq.