Mecca Masjid blast case: Court postpones hearing on CBI plea

Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 23:34

Hyderabad: A local court on Thursday postponed to
July 20 the hearing on CBI`s plea seeking to conduct polygraph
and narco-analysis tests on the two accused arrested in
connection with the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.

The XIV ACMM Court posted the matter for further hearing
after the prosecution sought more time for a detailed argument
on its application for subjecting Devender Gupta and Lokesh
Sharma to the scientific tests.
Denying CBI`s claim that Gupta and Sharma had agreed to
undergo the polygraph and narco-analysis tests, the accused
duo had yesterday informed the judge that they had not given
any such consent to the agency.

The investigating agency which has so far named five
persons (all allegedly linked to Hindutva outfits) as accused
in the Mecca Masjid case, brought the duo, who are also
suspects in the Ajmer dargah blast, to Hyderabad on June 17 as
part of their investigation.
The CBI, which has already questioned the two during
their police custody, in its application had claimed that the
duo had indicated they were prepared to undergo the tests and
it sought the court`s permission to conduct the tests after
their consent.

Gupta and Sharma are presently under judicial remand till
July 27 at the Chanchalguda Central Prison.

PTI




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