Hyderabad, May 16 -- In a significant blow to the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has ordered the release of eleven Muslim youths on bail who were arrested in two separate cases on serious terrorism charges.

Reports from various media outlets indicate that the bench, comprising Justice Attau Rahman Masoodi and Justice Manish Kumar Nigam, had reserved their decision on this matter last month.

Justice Attau Rahman Masoodi delivered the verdict on Tuesday, granting bail to the accused under Section 43 (D) of the Anti-Terrorism Act UAPA.

In a crucial judgment, the bench highlighted the failure of the investigating agency to file the chargesheet within the prescribed period.