Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are in a state of shock after a local court granted bail to Muneer Deshmukh, a former state President of outlawed SIMI, who was arrested after a strenuous effort by the state ATS.

Muneer was granted bail because the Home Secretary of the state could not appear as a witness in wake of the ongoing proceedings of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly and Bharat Pal, a local BJP leader mentioned as a key witness by the prosecutors, turned hostile.

The BJP led government in Madhya Pradesh has left no stone unturned in breaking the network of the banned outfit SIMI. The state ATS, whose dedicated efforts had sent many big SIMI leaders and four Indian Mujahideen terrorists behind the bars, is severely let down by his bail.

Muneer was granted bail by the court on a deposit of two securities of Rs 20,000. Muneer has been asked not to leave Bhopal and to deposit his passport. 

Home Secretary Alok Ranjan had to record his statement on Wednesday, but due to the house proceedings, he sent a letter requesting the hearing to be delayed till the Assembly session ends.

However, since the accused was in judicial custody and his investigation was to be completed within a period of 60 days, the court had to grant him bail on legal provisions. 

(JPN/Bureau)