SC stays bail of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali

Published at September 14, 2018 02:53 PM 0Comment(s)4143views


SC stays bail of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali

Agencies

New Delhi

A day after the Delhi High Court granted bail to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali who was arrested in an alleged funding case., the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the order.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said it would hear the matter on September 26.

The order came on a plea filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) challenging the Delhi High Court's order, saying that it has ignored the evidence against Watali.

Appearing for the NIA, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the apex court that there were "very serious charges" against the businessman and he should not have been granted bail.

A counsel appearing for Watali said he was 75-years-old and has been in jail for months and there were no grounds for the NIA to make a case against him.

Watali, arrested for his alleged role in a funding case was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on Thursday, directing him to not leave the country without permission.

He had challenged the trial court's June 8 order rejecting his bail plea.

Watali was arrested on August 17, 2017, and was charge-sheeted by the NIA on January 18.

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