Former DRDO scientist Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, accused in the Bangalore terror plot, has been released on statutory bail by the National Investigation Court (NIA) on Thursday February 28. The prosecution which failed to file a chargesheet against him within the stipulated 180 days of his arrest has demanded more time, as evidence available with them against Mirza is not prosecutable.Â
Passing the bail order Justice Somanath R Sindhagi has however said that his release is subject to submission of two sureties of Rs. 25,000 each and of his passport. â€œIt will take three to four days before he comes out. As we need to arrange the sureties and his passport is also in Hubli with his fatherâ€™â€™ informed Akmal Rizvi, council of Mirza and secretary of Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR).Â
Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, a DRDO scientist, was among the 15 youths arrested on August 29 2012 by the Bangalore police from his house along with his brother Shoaib Ahmed Mirza. The police claimed during their arrest that they were planning to kill prominent right leaning persons in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
DRDO has recently terminated the contract of Mirza.Â
Earlier, this week, Muthi Ur Rahaman Siddique and Yusuf Nalband, the other accused in the case were also released from prison on Monday, as the NIA dropped charges against them in the chargesheet filed in the court on February 20. They had sought more time to file the chargesheet against Aijaz Ahmed Mirza and Syed Tanzeem.