NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court has set aside the conviction of a Kashmiri youth, Muhammad Iqbal Jan, who was awarded life imprisonment in 2009 by the Additional Sessions Judge Delhi in a fake case.

A division bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justice SR Butt and Justice SP Garg set aside the conviction and sentence of Iqbal Jan, a resident of Bandipora. The court came to the conclusion that the conviction could not be sustained and set aside the same directing immediate release of Jan and Mushtaq Ahmed Kaloo who was also convicted in the same case.

Jan has already spent seven years in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on 27 November 2006 near Kauria Pul at Old Delhi Railway Station. A case was registered against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Earlier, his case had come up before another division bench and was argued by Panthers Party Patron, Bhim Singh. Later, it was referred to a division bench headed by Justice SR Butt who had reserved the judgment on February 28, 2012.

Meanwhile, Bhim Singh has described the judgment as a ‘candle light’ for all those prisoners who still continue to be denied justice.