Accused in Khwaja Yunus case seeks postponement of trial

Former police officer and "encounter specialist" Sachin Vaze, a key accused in the Khwaja Yunus custodial death case, has moved an application in the sessions court, seeking deferment of framing of charges.

Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 19:36 PM IST

Mumbai: Former police officer and "encounter
specialist" Sachin Vaze, a key accused in the Khwaja Yunus
custodial death case, has moved an application in the sessions
court, seeking deferment of framing of charges.

Vaze has argued that petition filed by Yunus`s mother to
make rest of the police officers accused is pending before the
High Court. Vaze and three other policemen are currently
facing trial.

CID report on Yunus`s death names 14 officers, but state
sanctioned prosecution of only four.
"Vaze has asked the sessions court to defer the framing
of charges till the Bombay High Court decides the petition,"
said R B Mokashi, special CID prosecutor.

But CID has said in its reply to Vaze`s application that
no harm will be done if sessions court proceeds with the
trial. If High Court directs prosecution of others, charges
can be framed against them later, Mokashi said.
Yunus, a software engineer working in Dubai, was arrested
by Mumbai police in December 2002, in connection with
Ghatkopar bomb blast in the city.

Police claimed that he escaped while being taken to
Aurangabad when police jeep had an accident. But CID probe
indicated that this was a false story, and Yunus was in police
custody when he died, allegedly because of torture.

PTI