Saturday, July 20, 2013

5 Malegaon blasts accused file discharge plea

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Five Muslim youth, who spent five-and-a-half years in prison for the 2006 Malegaon bombings, on Friday filed a discharge application before the special MCOCA court. The accused, all on bail, stated that the state ATS has falsely implicated them in the cases.

Advocate Shareef Shaikh, who is representing the accused, filed a discharge application stating that Noor-ul-Huda, Shabbir Masiullah, Raees Rajjab Ali, Zahid Majeed and Abrar Ahmed be discharged from the serial bombing cases.

Citing NIA’s supplementary chargesheet, the application stated, “Baburao Mukhtaji Joshi, in his statement to NIA, said that on October 11, 2006, Huda was taken for narco analysis test to Bangalore, but the police team returned without conducting a narco test.” Two days later, a senior Malegaon police officer asked Joshi to take Huda to Bangalore for narco test. Joshi told NIA that Subodh Jaiswal, additional commissioner of police (ATS) was already present at Bangalore’s FSL, even before they reached. Quoting Joshi from NIA’s report, the application said that when Huda was taken into the laboratory, Jaiswal was present in the lab too, and that Huda’s statement was edited in the lab. “Dr Malini who conducted the test has been suspended since she was practicing on a bogus certificate,” the application said.

The Times of India, July 20, 2013

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