HC grants bail to accused of glorifying terror group 'Taliban' on social media

GUWAHATI: The Guwahati High Court has recently granted bail to Maqbool Alam, a man who posted controversial posts on Facebook. Alam was arrested after allegedly posting 'There are no Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan' on the social media platform Facebook. Section 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), Section 153-A(1)/153-B(1), Section 298 (Speech with intent to hurt religious feelings and use of objectionable words etc.), Section 505 on the accused (1) (making mischievous statements in public) and 505 (2) (statements provoking enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) under section 39 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 Case was registered.

The Single Bench of Justice Suman Shivam said that there is nothing controversial in the post made from the personal Facebook account of the accused. The court made this observation while accepting the bail application of the accused. According to the media report, the court said, 'There is nothing disputed against the applicant, except that he has made a post from his personal Facebook account.' The court further said that we cannot hold him guilty on this ground alone. In this case, it would not be appropriate to keep the applicant in further custody.

It may be noted that on behalf of the applicant, advocate K. Mohammad produced senior advocate D Das. At the same time, Additional Public Prosecutor RR Kaushik appeared on behalf of the state in the court. Let us tell you that the accused had glorified the Taliban in his Facebook post by not calling it a terrorist organization, while the brutality of the Taliban in Afghanistan has been seen by the whole world and is still watching. But the court did not find anything controversial in this post and the court granted bail to the accused. 

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