When SSC topper presented her prize money to another student:
Yahya? Who is this girl and why Aaliya is doing this to her? The
murmur began taking the rounds. And when the identity of Nasreen
Ghulam Yahya was disclosed everything.....
A fast-track court at Sewri today acquitted Maulana Ghulam Yahya,
the Imam of Haj House, who was facing charges of harbouring three
alleged Kashmiri militants in 2006.
Yhaya was arrested on January 13, 2006
on the charges of harboring Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Wahab Haji (61) ,
Kurshid Ahmed Abdul Gani Lone (32) and Arshad Hussain Badru.(29) who
were arrested a week before Yahya's arrest.
Delivering his final order in a
jam-packed court, Ad-hoc Additional Sessions Judge A V Patkar
acquitted Yahya, while he found guilty three Kashmiri militants and
they were awarded different imprisonment ranging from three years to
"The charges against the Imam could
not be proved and he was acquitted," said Maulana's lawyer D.U.
The court had examined 23 witnesses in
connection with this case, besides going through the other evidences
produced by the police. According to the prosecution, the Imam was a
link between Salauddin, the Lashkar-e-Toiba commander in Kashmir,
and the three alleged militants - Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Wahab Haji,
Kurshid Ahmed Abdul Gani Lone and Arshad Hussain Badru Hussain.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which
was investigating the case, had earlier claimed that it has seized
detonators, timers and electronic devices from the three Kashmiris.
While the three Kashmiris have been sent to Kashmir, where they
faced preventive detention charges, Yahya has been in custody in
Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.
Today, the Kashmiri trio was brought
to the court from Kashmir jail and they were taken into custody
after they were convicted by the court.
Police had framed charges against
Yahya and 3 other accused under relevant sections of the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act and conspiracy.
The court when told Yahya that he has
been acquitted, Yahya saluted the judge and said, “Thanks Sir”.
Outside the court, after offering
Namaz, Yahya said that he has been vindicated, as he was innocent.
When asked about his days as undertrial, Yahya said, “I had very
hard time in jail. Only I know how each second passed there”.
While Yahya’s son Imran (18) who
studies in 12th standard said, “I had to take an off from my college
to come to court. My academics were affected due to this”. Yahya
also has a
17 year old daughter Nasreen and son Irfan (14).
Shortly after the Imam stepped out of
the court, a large crowd of prominent Muslims, including Maulana
Ejaz Kashmiri, Imam of Handiwadi Mosque and Bombay Aman Committee
president Farid Shaikh, greeted and hugged him.
Welcoming the judgment, President of
Jamiatula Ulema Maharashtra Maulana Mustqueem Azami while speaking
to ummid.com said, "We had trsuted no-one but the court. The Court
today has given a historic decision that should work as an
eye-opener for the government and the investigating agencies who are
playing with the lives of innocent Muslims."
"For more than four years we were
trying to get him released at least on bail. But he was denied even
that while his poor wife and innocent children were going through
the hardship", he said while adding, "What the government and the
investigating agencies will say now?"
President of Mumbai Aman Committee
Farid Shaikh who was fighting the case for Maulana Ghulam Yahya
while speaking to ummid.com over phone welcomed the judgment and
said, "Maulana Ghulam Yahya and his family were known to me
personally and from the day one I believed he is innocent. The
judgment has vindicated my belief."
At the same time, he was critical of
the investigating agencies that without having any evidence against
Maulana Ghulam Yahya framed such charges against him that the courts
could not release him even on bail.
The ATS had chargesheeted all the
accused under Unlawful Assembly (Prevention) Act, Explosive
Substance act, Explosive Act and Arms act.
"In almost every court we applied for
bail. But the charges against him were so heinous that no Court
could grant him the bail", he said adding, "We approached the High
Court with the bail application thrice. Three months back while
hearing on our bail application the High Court had in fact ordered
the fast-track court to finish the case as early as possible."