Delhi HC blast: Court records statement of accused

Last Updated: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 21:16

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday recorded the
statement of Aamir Abbas Dev, an accused in the September 7
Delhi High Court blast case, in an in-camera proceeding.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar, who was assigned
the task to record the testimony of Dev under section 164 of
the CrPC, himself took down the statement of the accused.
The statements recorded by a magistrate under the CrPC
bind the accused and any U-turn during the trial would make
him liable for prosecution for the offence of perjury.

Dev, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, is accused of sending
terror e-mails to media groups after the blast outside the
gate of the High Court on September 7. Fifteen persons died
and 70 others were injured in the blast.

Earlier, Special NIA Judge H S Sharma had remanded Dev to
judicial custody till October 24 after the probe agency said
his custodial interrogation was over.

Dev was brought to Delhi on September 21 along with his
minor co-accused following their arrest at Kishtwar, Jammu
Kashmir.
The court had also remanded third accused Wasim Akram
Malik to 14 days of NIA custody.

The accused had allegedly sent emails to media houses
claiming responsibility for the blast on behalf of banned
terror outfit Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI).

Dev and Hussain have been booked under various provisions
of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the
Explosive Substances Act, dealing with conspiracy, murder,
attempt to kill, causing hurt and using explosives.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 21:16

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