In setback for NIA, Kerala High Court acquits two Muslim men in UAPA case

New Delhi, January 28 (KMS): In a major setback to Indian’s notorious, National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Kerala High Court acquitted two accused – Thadiyantevida Nazeer and Shafaz – in a case related to a twin bomb blast at the Kozhikode Mofussil bus stand and at the KSRTC bus stand on March 3, 2006.

The case was initially investigated by the local police and was taken over by the NIA in 2009.

The Kerala High Court allowed the appeals of Thadiyantevida Nazeer and Shafaz, thereby acquitting them.

The Division Bench of Justice Vinod K. Chandran and Justice C. Jayachandran also declined the appeal filed by the NIA challenging the trial court’s order acquitting the accused in the case.

Nazeer and Shafaz, the first and fourth accused in the case, had filed an appeal seeking to quash the life sentence imposed on them by the trial court.

They also refuted the trial court’s finding that they had committed offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The NIA had filed a charge sheet in 2010 under sections of the UAPA, IPC and Explosive Substances Act after taking over the investigation.