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Mehbooba’s aide Parra denied bail for second time in five months

For the second time in five months, a special court in Srinagar on Thursday rejected the bail plea of PDP leader Waheed Parra and decided to hear Friday arguments on the charge sheet filed against him.

Parra is a close aide of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The in-camera proceedings had been hearing the arguments of defense and prosecution over the maintainability of the case filed against Parra, who was initially arrested by the NIA in a different case related to militant funding.

The complete judgment on the rejection of the bail application would be made available Friday, the officials said.

In a related development, the court also said that it would begin hearing arguments on the charges filed against Parra from Friday.

Dismissing the bail plea in February, the court had said the charges against him were “grave, serious and heinous in nature” and that a preliminary analysis of evidence collected till then showed he was allegedly aiding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of a politician.

In the 19-page order, the special court had rejected the argument that Parra was a budding politician and 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”.

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. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested Parra on November 25 in a separate case related to militancy.

The counsel for Parra claimed that his client had managed to win the District Development Council elections while in the custody of the NIA, which alleged that he had paid Rs 10 lakh to Naveed Babu, a militant of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen, for “managing” the 2019 parliamentary elections in south Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police last month filed a charge sheet against Parra in a case related to the alleged nexus between politicians and terror groups in the union territory.

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