Pakistan espionage case: Court discharges Farhat Akhtar, PA of ex-Samajwadi Party MP

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Saturday discharged Farhat Akhtar personal assistant of former Samajwadi Party MP Munawwar Saleem in a 2016 case related to espionage for Pakistan. The crime branch had arrested Farhat Akhtar in 2016 on the charges of spying and other offences punishable under the sections Official Secret Act (OSA) and criminal conspiracy punishable under IPC.

Accepting the submission made by advocate M S Khan, appearing for Akhtar, that there was lack of sufficient evidence to proceed against him, Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora discharged the accused. However charges were framed by the Court against other three accused, Maulana Ramzan Khan, Subhash Jahangir and Soheb Hussain, in the case for various offences punishable under sections of OSA and IPC.

President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani welcomed the court judgment and termed it the prevalence of justice.