The drama unfolded itself in the court of Additional Sessions Judge S S Rathi as he took up for hearing Kazmi's plea for copies of the remand applications of the police for extension of his judicial custody after his arrest.
The sessions court had called for the record of the case including the remand papers from the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, where the case is pending.
On perusing the record, the ASJ found five remand applications missing and summoned the CMM's record-keeper, who said that he has given all the documents he had.
The ASJ gave the record-keeper thirty minutes to search all the almirahs and bring the record, after which one more document relating to the case was recovered.
As the court was hearing the matter, one person came to the court and handed all the remand papers to the record-keeper, who then told the court that his assistant was successful in finding the papers in one of the almirah.
The court said it was "very strange" that the papers were located minutes after the record-keeper stated that he searched all almirahs but failed to locate the papers.
The court took a strict view of the "goof-up and wastage of time" and warned the record-keepers, saying that "there was no plausible explanation as to why six original remand papers were not sent to this court earlier."
Kazmi's revision petition will be heard tomorrow.
New Delhi: A Delhi court found itself embroiled for over two hours today in a lost-and-found drama of some applications of the police for extension of journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi's judicial custody after his arrest for alleged role in the bomb attack on Israeli diplomat's car.
First Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 21:48