The 14th additional chief metropolitan magistrate at Nampally criminal courts on Monday granted bail to nine persons, who were booked and arrested for arson and rioting in Charminar on November 16.
Special Investigation Team that is probing the incidents had opposed the bail petitions contending that the release of the accused would pose a law and order problem since December 6 - the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, would be observed by different groups in the city.
The court, while granting the bail, has asked the accused to furnish two sureties of rupees five thousand each in five different cases that were registered against them. SIT had arrested 21 youngsters on November 18 and slapped IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between communities on the basis of religion), 435 (creating mischief by fire), 149 (unlawful assembly) and under 7(1) A (Criminal Amendment Act and Public Property Damage Act) against them. The police told the court that the accused armed with deadly weapons formed an unlawful assembly in different parts of Old City and violated the prohibitory ordersimposed by the police. They also raised objectionable slogans and burnt government and private vehicles. The arrested were lodged at Cherlapally central prison.
Three MIM corporators - Mohammed Ghouse(Charminar), Mohammed Mukarram Ali (Mughalpura) and Mohsin Balala (Pathargatti), who are also an accused in these cases, are still on the run.