The 3rd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Wednesday acquitted Mohammed Bin Omer Yafai @ Mohammed Pahelwan in a criminal intimidation case, which was filed by MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi.
In 2012 after the cancellation of bails of the accused by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in April 2011 Akbaruddin Owaisi murderous attack case, a local web channel ‘Barq News’ aired a purported interview Mohammed Pahelwan in which the latter allegedly threatened the legislature of dire consequences.
Basing on the interview Akbaruddin Owaisi filed a complaint against Mohammed Pahelwan in Banjara Hills police station, upon which a case under section 506 IPC (Criminal Intimidation) was registered in Cr.No. 645. The police later arrested Pahelwan by remanding him under Prisioners Transit warrant as he was already lodged in Cherlapally jail in the attack case. The accused was also charge sheeted and in August 2015 the trial commenced.
During the trial the MIM legislature deposed before the court where he was cross-examined by the defence counsel Mohammed Muzafferullah Khan. The reporter of the web channel Mohammed Mujtaba was also subjected to cross-examination.
The judge while pronouncing its order acquitted the accused under section 248(1) Cr.P.C., for the offence under section 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused shall be set at liberty, forthwith, if he is not required in any other case.
Though Mohammed Pahelwan has been set free in this case, he would continue to remain in the cherlapally jail as day-to-day trial in Akbaruddin Owaisi attack case is progress before the seventh additional metropolitan sessions judge at Nampally court.