Special court drops charges against ISIS recruit

Mumbai: A special court on Wednesday rejected the discharge plea moved by arrested ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed. The court also dropped off the charges of ‘being a member of banned organisation’, which were levelled against him.

The discharge plea was rejected by special Judge YD Shinde, who is designated to hear cases under the National Investigations Agency (NIA) act.

The charge of being a member of a banned organisation was dropped by the special Judge after considering the fact that ISIS was banned after Majeed’s arrest. The special court has now posted the matter for framing charges against Majeed on February 22.

Majeed and three other youths from Kalyan had gone to Baghdad in May 2014 as part of a group of 22 pilgrims to visit religious shrines in Iraq but later allegedly joined the banned ISIS outfit. He was arrested by the NIA in November 2014 while he was allegedly trying to ‘sneak into’ India, through Turkey. He is in judicial custody since then.

The NIA has booked Majeed for joining a banned organisation and waging a war against an Asiatic power in alliance with the Government of India. The agency has also invoked several sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The agency in its chargesheet has claimed that Majeed was involved in several attacks perpetrated by the ISIS between August and October 2014. The NIA has also claimed that Majeed had been watching videos of the terror organisation since January 2014 and had contacted people from the group through the social media.

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