Hand over probe into 13/7 Mum blasts to NIA: PIL
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Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011, 20:19
Mumbai: A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court demanding that the probe into the July 13 triple bomb blasts in the metropolis be handed over to a Central agency, such as the NIA or the CBI.

"It is an attack on the nation, and it is the Centre's responsibility to protect the nation," argued advocate VP Patil, the petitioner, in the court on Friday.

At least 27 persons were killed and scores of others injured in the explosions at Dadar, Zavari Bazaar and Opera House areas. Maharashtra ATS is probing the serial blasts, but no arrests have been made till now.

Patil pointed out that the probe into the blast near Delhi High Court, which took place on September 7, had already been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

"There has been no progress in the probe (of Mumbai case)," he maintained.

While asking the Maharashtra government to file a reply to the PIL, a Division Bench of Justices Sharad Bobde and VK Tahilramani, however, seemed to disagree with the petitioner's contention.

"Prima facie, we are not inclined to accept your argument," Justice Bobde maintained.

"We cannot assume that Anti-Terrorism Squad (of Maharashtra Police) is not competent, or that there is no coordination between (central and state) agencies," he said.

When Patil mentioned about NIA taking over the Delhi HC blast probe, the Judge said, "Delhi is the national capital..."

Advocate Patil promptly said "Mumbai is the commercial capital".

The hearing was adjourned for a week.


First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 20:19

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