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Court grants custody of 2 IM suspects to Bangalore police

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 21:45

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday allowed a plea
of Bangalore police seeking custody of two suspected Indian
Mujahideen terrorists for their alleged involvement in M
Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in April this year.

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann directed
Tihar jail authorities here to grant the custody of Salman and
Shahzad, facing charges of being involved in cases relating to
September 13, 2008 serial blasts here, to Bangalore police.
The Bangalore police sought custody of the duo for their
alleged involvement in the case registered with Cubbon Park
police station in connection with the blasts that took place
in M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"It is deemed just and proper to allow the application for
custody of the two accused Salman and Shahzad," the court
said, adding if the custody of the accused was granted, it
would not hamper the trial.

The court took into consideration the plea of an Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Bangalore city, which submitted that
the case is pending investigation and important evidence may
get lost or destroyed due to delay as custodial interrogation
of both the accused is essential.

The Bangalore Police sought custody of the duo on a
production warrant issued by the court of Additional Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate there on October 15.

ASJ Mann also directed the Bangalore Police to produce the
accused in the court here on November one.

Two low-intensity explosions near Chinnaswamy cricket
stadium less than an hour before an IPL match on April 17 had
left 15 persons, including five security men, injured.
The court here is at present hearing arguments on charges
to be framed against 14 suspected Indian Mujahideen
terrorists, including Salman and Shahzad, for allegedly
carrying out serial blasts in the national capital on
September 13, 2008, that had claimed 26 lives and left 135
others injured.

Meanwhile, Delhi police filed a supplementary chargesheet,
including forensic examinations report, in the court here in
the five cases registered in connection with the serial blasts
here.

Delhi Police, which had wrapped up its arguments, is
likely to counter the defence counsel of 14 suspected IM
terrorists who are facing charges in the cases.

The proceedings, being conducted through video
conferencing as 11 out of 14 accused are lodged in Sabarmati
Jail in Ahmedabad in connection with serial blasts in that
city, could not be held due to technical glitches.

Three accused -- Mohd Hakim, Sahzad and Salman --
at present lodged in Tihar jail, were produced in the court.

All the accused have been issued chargesheets under IPC,
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances
Act. The series of blasts had claimed 26 lives and left 135
others injured in the capital.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 21:45
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