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‘Grave, serious and heinous in nature’: court denies bail to India’s poster boy Parra accused of helping Kashmir militants

Stating that the charges against him were ‘grave, serious and heinous in nature’, a special court rejected the bail application of PDP leader Waheed Parra on Tuesday.

In a 19-page order, the special court in Srinagar noted that a preliminary analysis of evidence collected so far show Parra, who was once the poster boy of right wing Narendra Modi government, was aiding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of a politician.

Rejecting the argument that Parra was a budding politician, the court said “a perusal of the CD file transpired that in the garb of a politician, the petitioner had been playing an active role in funding the militants and had also been demanding arms and ammunition
against payment by misusing his position”.

The bank accounts show huge transactions and the matter is still being investigated and the facts would come out with the passage of time and conclusion of investigation, the court said.
Parra, who had unbridled access to the Union home ministry, to which the NIA directly reports, during the previous PDP-BJP rule in Jammu and Kashmir, was picked up in connection with the arrest of deputy superintendent of police Davinder Singh along with Hizbul Mujahideen commander Naveed Babu. Parra is the first politician to be arrested in the case.

The judge, while rejecting this contention said that Parra having won does “not deserve any consideration” because it means that the petitioner is a highly influential person and can tamper with evidence.
Parra was detained by the Criminal Investigation Department (Kashmir) and brought from Jammu on a transit remand, after his release by an NIA court on January 9. India’s National Investigation Agency had arrested Parra on November 25 in a separate case related to militancy.

“For that (channelising the energy of the state’s youth in a positive direction), I want to specially congratulate the secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir Sports council, Waheed Parra. He has organised a wonderful programme here,” India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh had remarked about Parra when his BJP was ruling the Jammu and Kashmir government with the PDP.

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