Srinagar: The editor-in-chief of local news magazine and portal Kashmir Walla, Peerzada Fahad Shah, got bail in two cases on Thursday, his lawyer Umair Ronga informed. “Special court designated under NIA today granted bail to chief editor of The Kashmir Walla, Fahad Shah in FIR No 70/2020 P/S Safakadal and FIR No 19/2022 P/S Pulwama,” the advocate wrote on Twitter.
Fahad was arrested earlier this year and booked under an anti-terror law. He was first arrested on February 4, 2022, after which the police said that Fahad allegedly ‘glorified militancy, spread fake news, and incited people of Jammu and Kashmir’.
The police had also said that three separate First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered against Fahad.
“Fahad Shah is wanted in three cases for glorifying terrorism, spreading fake news and inciting general public for creating law and order situations: FIR No. 70/2020 of PS Safakadal Srinagar, FIR No. 06/2021 of PS Imamsahib, Shopian and FIR No. 19/2022 of PS Pulwama,” the police statement had mentioned.
Fahad, was first arrested in FIR No. 19/2022 registered by Pulwama police, for which interim bail was granted by the special court in Srinagar. He was then arrested by the Shopian Police in FIR No 06/2021, for which the Munsif court granted him interim bail. He was then arrested by Srinagar police.
Jammu and Kashmir Police later booked him under the public safety act and shifted him to central jail in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The journalist is currently lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail.