New Delhi: A Delhi court today sought
explanation from Tihar jail authorities as why action will not
be taken against them for failing to ensure security of a
suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist who has been assaulted
by blade-wielding assailants inside the high-risk cell.
Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann directed the
jail authorities to submit an action report on the recent
attack on Salman, an accused in the serial blasts cases in the
capital in 2008.
"It is necessary to call for action taken report and to
call for an explanation from authorities as to why necessary
action be not recommended against them for failing to
discharge their duty and statutory obligation under the
Criminal Procedure Code," the court said.
ASJ Mann also took exception to the submission by the jail
authorities that the victim of the attack had told the police
officer, investigating the matter, that he did not want to
pursue the case or seek any action against his assailants.
"Very surprisingly, the report submitted by jail
authorities concludes and observes that Salman had given a
written statement before the investigating officer that he
does not want any action against Deepak and Sundar (his
assailants)," the court noted.
"Now, the action in cognisable offences will be initiated
after taking the opinion of victim," the court told Public
Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan.
The court was hearing an application filed by Salman`s
counsel Khalil A Ansari and Iftikhar Ahmad seeking action
against jail authorities for failing to protect the undertrial
who was given blade wounds on August 27 at his high-risk cell.