Delhi: SC to hear Kazmi`s plea on October 4

Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 21:27

New Delhi: Observing that an important "question of law" was involved, the Supreme Court on Friday posted to October 4 final hearing of the bail plea of journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi, an accused in the February 13 terror attack on an Israeli diplomat here.

Besides seeking bail in the case, Kazmi has also challenged the powers of the magistrate to deal with cases lodged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The apex court which had earlier issued notice to Delhi Police, on Friday sought response from the Centre and Ministry of Home Affairs also on Kazmi`s contention.
A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and J Chelameswar granted liberty to Delhi Police represented by Additional Solicitor Genera Harin Raval to file its counter affidavit on the issue.

Kazmi, who is in judicial custody, through his counsel Mehmood Pracha had challenged the Delhi High Court`s order which had said that till it decides the question of law relating to power of magistrates to deal with cases lodged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate will keep on handling such cases.

The counsel submitted that the high court was also not taking up the case expeditiously on the ground that it had large number of matters on the board.

"How can the court refuse to hear the matter on such grounds," the apex court queried.

Kazmi was arrested on March 6 for his alleged role in the embassy car bombing. Four people were injured when the car was struck by a bomb near the Prime Minister`s official residence here on February 13.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 21:27

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