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13 Sholapur Muslims acquitted from terror charges after 12 years

#Aadhaar card for cat, police register case #UID" data-image-description="<div class="row"> <div class="heading-part"> <h1></h1> <h2 class="synopsis">The case was registered against Azeez Abdulla, an NRI from <a class="zem_slink" title="Kasaragod" href=",75.0&amp;spn=0.1,0.1&amp;q=12.5,75.0 (Kasaragod)&amp;t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Kasargode</a>, and a lady staff of an <a class="zem_slink" title="Akshaya" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Akshaya</a> centre, an <a class="zem_slink" title="Business process outsourcing" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">IT-enabled services</a> delivery centre, in the <a class="zem_slink" title="Kasaragod district" href=",75.0&amp;spn=1.0,1.0&amp;q=12.5,75.0 (Kasaragod%20district)&amp;t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Kasaragod district</a>.</h2> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="leftpanel"> <div class="story-details"> <div class="main-story"> <div class="articles"> <div class="full-details"> <div class="share-social"> <div class="comments"> <div class="icons"> <div class="fb-like fb_iframe_widget" data-action="" data-send="false" data-layout="button_count" data-show-faces="false" data-href=""></div> <p><span class="st_facebook_hcount"><span class="stButton"><span class="stMainServices st-facebook-counter"> </span><span class="stArrow"><span class="stButton_gradient stHBubble"><span class="stBubble_hcount">6</span></span></span></span></span>Written by <a id="written_by1" class="bulletProj" href="">Shaju Philip</a> | <a class="zem_slink" title="Thiruvananthapuram" href=",76.9525&amp;spn=0.1,0.1&amp;q=8.4875,76.9525 (Thiruvananthapuram)&amp;t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Thiruvananthapuram</a> | Published:July 23, 2015 1:35 pm</div> </div> </div> <p><span class="custom-caption"><span class="custom-caption"><a href=""><img class="wp-image-2388967 size-full" src="" alt="Aadhaar card, Aadhaar card NRI, Aadhaar application, Kerala Aadhaar card, Kerala NRI Aadhaar card, india news, news" /></a></span></span></p> <div id="impulseadcontainer" class="ImpulseAd"> <div></div> <div id="AT_collapsed_12864362_3"></div> </div> <p><span class="custom-caption"><a class="zem_slink" title="The Police" href="" target="_blank" rel="homepage">Police</a> said the case was registered against Azeez Abdulla, an NRI from Kasargode, and a lady staff of an Akshaya centre, an IT-enabled services delivery centre, in the district.</span>Police have registered a <a class="zem_slink" title="Trial" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">criminal case</a> against an NRI and an employee of an IT-based services delivery centre on charges of applying Aadhaar card for a cat. The incident was reported from Kasaragod district on Wednesday.</p> <p>Police said they acted upon a complaint from the <a class="zem_slink" title="Unique Identification Authority of India" href="" target="_blank" rel="homepage">Unique Identification Authority of India</a>, after its officials at the <a class="zem_slink" title="Regional centre (Singapore)" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">regional centre</a> in Bangalore noticed that a photo of a cat had been uploaded in the Aadhaar application form. The officials had noticed the photo of the pet animal while processing the application for issuing the card.</p> <div class="holder-article"> <div class="likefb"> <div class="names"></div> </div> <div class="cara-article"> <div class="bx-wrapper"> <div class="bx-viewport"> <ul class="rel-article"> <li>Police said the case was registered against Azeez Abdulla, an NRI from Kasargode, and a lady staff of an Akshaya centre, an IT-enabled services delivery centre, in the district.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Abdulla wanted to take his <a class="zem_slink" title="Persian" href="" target="_blank" rel="petsmart">Persian cat</a> to Gulf, where he is employed. He was advised by a travel agent in Kasaragod that the cat should carry some valid documents. Hence, he decided to apply for an Aadhaar card for his pet animal. The lady staff at the Akshaya centre accepted the application form for the cat, which was given a fake name. Its photo was uploaded and other formalities were completed.</p> <p>Police sources said after Abdulla got some queries from the officials regarding the application of the cat, he had tendered an apology addressed to the State IT Mission Director.</p> <p>Police said the alleged accused have claimed they had tried to get an Aadhaar card for the cat due to their ignorance. They have not been arrested so far. The duo would face charges under IPC sections of 465(forgery), 468(forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <ul> <li>See more at:</li> </ul> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-full wp-image-55073" src="" alt="Image Courtesy - Reporters 365" width="640" height="448" />

By MM Special Correspondent.

Sholapur: There is an old adage, ‘Justice delayed, Justice denied’. It can be amply employed on those persons who have been implicated in terror cases and let off by courts but after spending their precious life in jail. Latest victims of this sordid saga are the 13 youths from the textile town of Maharashtra who have been now exonerated all terror charges by session court here on Tuesday.  They were booked under the various sections of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) in a 2003 terror case.  However, it is an irony that they were absolved of all charges after undergoing 11 long year’s ordeal.

Sholapur Session Court Judge N N Dhend acquitted all the 13 accused for want of evidence as they were arrested by Maharashtra police on August 8, 2003 on the charges of plotting to make crude bombs for explosion. Police had allegedly recovered a small amount of explosive material from some of the accused. Soon after their arrest, police had invoked sections of POTA in the case. All the accused were released on bail after spending six months behind bars. Police produced 62 witnesses in the case but prosecution examined only 14 of them. However, all the witnesses were declared hostile by the court.

It is to mention here that the previous UPA government had scrapped dreaded law POTA in 2004 but not with retrospective effect. Because of this, many innocents have been languishing in jails.

Those, who got absolved of all charges, are Farooq Tabeeb, Imaan Nadaf, Hamid Mulla, Mahboob Daula, Anwar Shaikh, Mansoor Shaikh, Ghulam Shaikh, Mudassir Shaikh, Ibrahim Momin, Mubin Shaikh, Yaqub Saudagar, Jabbar Shaikh, and Rahman Shaikh.

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