Shabbir Shah gets statutory bail in ‘money laundering case’

New Delhi: Shabbir Ahmad Shah, senior leader of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, has been granted statutory bail by the Patiala House Court in Delhi in a ‘money laundering case’.

According to Kashmir Media Service, standard bail, also known as statutory bail, is a type of bail that becomes a legal right for a person in custody. This is awarded when the police cannot complete the investigation and file a report within the statutory period.

Shabbir Shah, who was arrested in 2017, was granted bail as he has already served more than half of the maximum sentence for his ‘crime’.

The bail bond requires him to post a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a surety bond of the same amount. He is also not allowed to leave the country without permission from the court. However, despite being released on bail, Shabbir Shah remains in custody due to other pending cases against him.

In its decision, the court referred to the Supreme Court’s judgment in Vijay Madanlal Chaudhary’s case. It noted that Shabbir Shah has already been in custody for six years and 10 months, which is more than half of the maximum sentence of seven years for his current charge.

Additionally, the court noted the acquittal of Shabbir Shah’s co-accused, Mohammad Aslam Wani, for all but one of the predicate offenses under the Arms Act.