CBI to challenge court relief to Amnesty chief

New Delhi: The CBI will challenge the Delhi court’s order setting aside the lookout circular issued against Aakar Patel, former Amnesty India chief, reports said, quoting sources.

Patel tweeted last evening that despite the court’s order granting him relief, he was stopped at Bengaluru airport from flying out. ‘Have been stopped at immigration again. cbi has not taken me off their look out circular,’ he said in a tweet that came shortly after the special court ordered the CBI to ‘immediately’ drop the airport alert against him.

Earlier, Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court had ordered the CBI to withdraw the Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against Aakar Patel.

In its order, the judge stated that a written apology from the Director of the CBI ‘acknowledging lapse on the part of his subordinate’. The judge added that such an apology would go a long way in not only healing the wounds of the petitioner but also ‘upholding the trust and confidence of the public in premier institution’.

Patel’s lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir told the magistrate that ‘citizens rights cannot be railroaded by law enforcement agency’.