Kerala High Court quashes FIR against Jonathan Baud

DC CORRESPONDENT
Published Dec 3, 2014, 11:25 am IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 9:37 am IST
The court cancelled the bail bond executed by him
Jonathan Baud
 Jonathan Baud

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday quashed the FIR registered against Swiss national Jonathan Baud who was arrested alleging Maoist connection for attending a commemoration ceremony of Sinoj, a Maoist in Thrissur.

Justice P. Ubaid criticised the police for registering a case without any substance. The court also asked the police to take immediate steps to facilitate the travel of Baud to his native country.

 

Baud was arrested based on an Intelligence Bureau input on July 28 on the charges of violations under section 14(b) of the Foreigners’ Act. He later challenged the case before Kerala High Court.  

The court observed,  “I find no such rule in the  Foreigner Act prohibiting a foreigner from attending a meeting in the country.”  It said  the continuance of proceedings against Jonathan would be a sheer abuse of legal process.

Baud would stand released from prosecution, the court said and cancelled the bail bond executed by him. Baud is currently on bail but  is still in the state after the trial court asked him to surrender his passport.

 

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Location: Kerala




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