Masjid blast case: CBI seeks more time for filing charge sheet

With the CBI making no headway in tracking down the two prime accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, the probe agency today sought more time from the court for completing investigation.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 01:01 AM IST

Hyderabad: With the CBI making no headway in
tracking down the two prime accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid
bomb blast case, the probe agency today sought more time from
the court for completing investigation and filing charge sheet
in the case against the duo.

In a petition filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan
Magistrate Court here, the CBI sought an additional 90 days to
file a charge sheet against the accused.

A cell phone-triggered pipe bomb placed inside the Mecca
Masjid during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007 had claimed nine
lives. Five people were killed in police firing in the clashes
that erupted after the blast.

The CBI, which is probing the blast, has so far named
five persons -- all allegedly having links with a right-wing
Hindu outfit -- as accused in the case.

It had brought two Ajmer blast suspects -- Devender Gupta
and Lokesh Sharma -- to Hyderabad on June 17 as part of the
investigation, who are presently under judicial remand here.
The CBI has named Sandeep Dange and Rama Chandra
Kalsangra alias Ramji -- both natives of Indore in Madhya
Pradesh -- as prime accused in the case, but the duo continue
to remain elusive till date.

Another accused Sunil Joshi was shot dead by three
unidentified gunmen on December 29, 2007 near his house at
Dewas in Madhya Pradesh.

"The two absconding accused are yet to be apprehended and
a manhunt that was commenced some two months ago is being
continued in concert with other state and central agencies
across several state jurisdiction," the CBI said in its
petition.

The CBI in its petition claimed that the accused are
connected with an organisation having nation-wide network of
influential persons and in spite of the best concerted multi-
agency, multi-dimensional efforts to track down the accused,
it has so far not been able to apprehend them.

"The role of other suspects is also being closely
investigated, against whom there are reasonable grounds to
believe were involved in the conspiracy for the commission of
the terrorist act at Mecca Masjid are also being tracked," the
CBI said.

Other witnesses belonging to different state
jurisdictions also remain to be questioned in the case, it
said.

The CBI told the court it is analysing call data records
of Sandeep Dange and Ramji.

The CBI also submitted before the court that it was yet
to obtain a Sanction for Prosecution from the Government of
India precedent to filing a charge sheet against the accused.

The probe agency said it would be moving relevant case
records to the government after collection of more facts and
circumstances relevant to the case.

The court posted the matter to September 22.

-PTI