Vasco – Terror suspect Sameer Sardana was granted conditional bail by a court on Thursday as investigating offices could not come to any definite conclusion.
Son of a retired senior Army officer and a Doon School alumnus 44-year-old Sardana was given conditional bail on individual bond of Rs 10,000 and surety of like sum.
“I have full faith in the judiciary. I am confident I will be fully cleared by the courts in due course,” said visually elated Sardan.
He has also been asked to surrender his passport. Police said Sardana had recently converted to Islam and suggested that he could allegedly have undergone radicalisation via internet.
Sardana’s counsel S. Joshi claimed that downloading information from the internet was not a crime.
Son of a former Major-General of the Indian Army was arrested on 4th Feb by the Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Goa police. The arrest came on the backdrop of an ISIS threat, after he was found loitering around suspiciously at Vasco railway station.
He was continuously interrogated by various agencies, including ATS Goa, IB, Crime Branch and Cyber Cell of Goa Police besides for three days by National Investigation Agency.
Hailing from Dehradun, Sardana is based in Mumbai and has worked for MNC firms like Accenture with postings in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, the official said.
Police have so far recovered five passports, seven mobile phone, five SIM cards and one laptop from Sardana, who has travelled extensively in Islamic countries.