Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Principal District and Sessions Court here on Saturday granted conditional bail to Salim Raj, former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, and six others who were arrested here on charges of kidnapping.
Judge V. Bhaskaran granted the gang bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000. They have also been asked to surrender their passports and not to leave the State without the permission of the court.
Salim Raj, 42, and his gang were arrested on the charge of manhandling and attempting to kidnap the complainant, Prasannan, on the Karikkamkulam-Balussery road. Prasannan and his friend Rasheeda Beevi, who were travelling in a car, were chased by the gang in a multi-utility vehicle.
The intervention of the local people foiled the alleged attempt to kidnap the complainant.
The Chevayur police had charged the accused with Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 144 (unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapons), and 506 (1) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Public prosecutor Alikoya Kadalundi argued that the accused should not be released on bail, considering the gravity of the case.
However, M. Shahir Singh, counsel for the accused, argued that the police had blown the issue out of proportion to protect the vested interest of some politicians.
The others accused in the case were Riju, 28; Irshad Basheer, 24; Siddique, 37; Sattar, 37; Shamnad, 29; and Junaid, 32.
Previously, the Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate Court had rejected their bail applications.