Guwahati, June 7, 2019
The family of the former Army officer Mohammad Sana Ullah, who has been granted the interim bail by the Gauhati High Court on June 7th, 2019, is eagerly waiting for his return to home from the detention camp to celebrate belated Eid.
Talking to TIME8, Sanima Begum, wife of the Army officer, said, “We have become excited with the news that the bail petition has been granted. Immediately, we did contact with the advocate to know if he (Sana Ullah) would return today itself. But, we got to know that he will return probably on June 8th, 2019.”
“It’s been a tough time without him. I cannot express in words how we spent time after he was sent to the detention camp,” Begum said.
Begum, who was praying for her husband’s release before the Eid, said, “I observed Roza (fasting) during the month of Ramadan. But, we did not celebrate Eid. How could we? We had nothing to pray for to the almighty except his earliest release from the detention camp. Though I was expecting him to be released before Eid, unfortunately, it was not in my fortune.”
A foreigners’ tribunal, a quasi-judicial body on May 23rd, 2019, declared the 52-year-old officer, who had served in the Indian Army for 30 years and was posted with the Border Organisation of Assam police, as a foreigner and sent to the detention camp.
Sana Ullah was served a notice by the border organisation in 2008 on the basis of an inquiry to prove his citizenship.
Interim bail granted
The Gauhati High Court has passed an order on June 7th, 2019, to release Army veteran, Mohammad Sana Ullah.
After hearing the arguments of Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, assisted by Advocates H R A Choudhury, P K Deka, Aman Wadud and Syed Burhanur Rehman, Justice Manojit Bhuyan Justice Manojit Bhuyan ordered the release of the Army veteran. Sana Ullah has been granted interim bail and asked to furnish a bail bond of Rs 20,000 with “two local sureties of the like amount”.
A total of 986 people are there in six detention centres meant for the declared foreigners by 100 tribunals across the state.