Close to one year after a local metropolitan sessions judge in Hyderabad's Nampally area convicted four people for an attempt to murder AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, the High Court has granted bail to three of them.
The lower court had held Hasan Bin Omer Yafai, Abdullah Bin Younus, Awadh Bin Younus Yafai, Salem Bin Wahlan guilty, and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment.
However, the HC has now set aside the verdict and granted conditional bail to Hasan, Abdullah and Awadh.
According to media reports, the trio will need to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000 each, besides registering their attendance before their local police station, twice a week.
The HC had already granted bail to Salem Bin Wahlan earlier, which means that none of the accused in the case, are now in prison.
Akbaruddin Owaisi was attacked on April 30, 2011, by assailants with knives, who later opened fire at him.
In June last year, the local court acquitted prime accused, Mohammed Pahelwan, and 9 others, while holding four persons guilty.
Akbaruddin Owaisi was in the Barkas area of his constituency, along with Malakpet AIMIM MLA Ahmed Bhalala, when several men, allegedly sent by prime accused Mohammed Pahelwan attacked him with knives and opened fire as he ran towards his car.
The incident had triggered a massive shutdown in the Old City area, with police imposing Section 144 and stepping up security for days.
Police had said that an ongoing property dispute was the motive behind the attack.
Police said that Pahelwan, a former AIMIM party member turned property dealer, allegedly hatched the plan to attack Akbaruddin.
Pahelwan, who had spent six years in jail since 2011, was given a huge welcome when he was released, with several followers waiting outside the prison to receive him.
The Central Crime Station, which filed the charge sheet, had named 83 witnesses.
In the FIR, the accused were charged under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 307 (attempt to murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and section 27(1) of Indian Arms Act.