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Delhi HC says propagandists are as lethal as terrorists

21 May 2017 | By Gaurav Jeyaraman
Propagandists are terrorists says HC

The Delhi High Court stated that those spreading propaganda about terrorism are equally lethal as the terrorists who use guns and kill people.

The observation was made at the trial of Asif Bashiruddin Shaikh and Akbar Ismail Choudhary who are a part of the Indian Mujahideen's media cell.

The court had dismissed their bail applications saying investigations were still underway.

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21 May 2017Delhi HC says propagandists are as lethal as terrorists

DetailsSome details of the case

The duo had been arrested in 2008. According to their lawyer, their role was limited to sending out threat emails after bomb blasts.

The duo argued that this was their first bail application since their arrest and said the trial was taking extremely long as only 221 of the 610 witnesses in the case had been cross-examined so far.

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HC refuses to grant relief

The accused argued that they had not committed any killings or murders and were simply part of a media cell. However the court said "Dissemination of propaganda in such cases was more lethal than the use of bullets or detonating of an IED."