Kazmi opposes survey of diplomat`s car for insurance claim
New Delhi: Journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, arrested for his alleged role in bombing of the Israeli diplomat`s car, on Thursday opposed the release of the damaged vehicle or permission for assessment of the damage caused to it to claim insurance amount saying it would amount to "tampering of a vital evidence."
Appearing before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav, Kazmi`s counsel Mehmood Pracha said "the case is of international ramification and if permission is granted to the surveyor of an insurance company to inspect the car, it would amount to tampering of vital evidence."
"The car is still in the custody of the Special Cell of Delhi Police and it is their responsibility to keep it sensitized," he said.
He also said "the case is also of national importance and the cost of the car would be less than national interest."
Kazmi was opposing the application moved on behalf of Alon Yehoshua, the husband of Isreali diplomat Tal Yehoshua, who was injured in the February 13 attack.
Yehoshua had moved the court seeking the release of the damaged car and permission for assessment of damage caused to it to claim insurance amount.
Yehoshua`s counsel contended the only purpose behind the application is to claim insurance and survey by a surveyor from an insuance firm can be done in the presence of police and under camera surveillance to avoid any apprehensions.
Yehoshua had informed the court that he is the owner of the Toyota Innova car which was damaged in the "terrorist attack" and that the same has been in the custody of Special Cell for investigation since the day of the incident.
He had said he approached the insurance company for claiming losses and a surveyor was appointed to conduct survey of the car but when he visited the Special Cell of Delhi Police, he was told that the car cannot be inspected without the court`s permission.
Yehoshua had also sought a copy of the FIR and release of the car to have it inspected by an authorised Toyota workshop for preparing the repairing estimates.
Kazmi, who claims to have been writing for an Iranian publication and is currently in judicial custody, was picked up by the police after the probe showed he had been in touch with a suspect who is believed to have stuck the magnetic bomb on Israeli diplomat`s car.
Yehoshua and an Indian driver of the Embassy vehicle were among the four people injured in the blast.
The police booked Kazmi under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Explosives Substances Act and various provisions of the Indian Penal Code including the attempt to murder.
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