A local court in India’s capital has reserved his order on bail of freelance photojournalist Kamran Yousuf after his lawyer argued that there was no evidence against him and that his arrest was imposed in the media state of Jammu Kashmir.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a criminal record against several Kashmiris, including Kamran Yousuf, in the fake case. Additional Meetings Judge Tarun Sherawat retained the order for February 19 after hearing arguments from Kamran Yousuf and the NIA.
The lawyer who appeared for Kamran Yousuf told the court that there was no evidence in the lawsuit against his client. Kamran Yousuf, a resident of Pulwama, was arrested by the NIA along with Javaid Ahmed Butt of Kulgam last September.
“You have no evidence against him, and if it is a crime to handle events in South Kashmir, including police and government functions, then all Kashmiri journalists and photojournalists should be booked,” said Irshad Ahmed, uncle of the victim photojournalist.
He said if the NIA had provided evidence that Yousuf was a stone cleaner, they would have been quiet. “But he’s not a stone cleaner, they’re trying to put him under false accusations,” he said, adding that Yousuf was young and eager to leave a mark in his chosen field so he could be hired full time.
“Sometimes we told him he should not work hard and handle every event in the face of the situation in the valley, but he wanted to keep working, it was his passion,” said his uncle, adding that he deserved it, appreciated and encouraged will not be arrested and booked under false charges.