HC reserves order on PIL seeking action against ATS officers
Bombay HC reserved the order on a public interest litigation seeking probe against police officers, who investigated the 2006 Malegaon blast case in its initial stage.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday reserved the order on a public interest litigation seeking probe against police officers, who investigated the 2006 Malegaon blast case in its initial stage, on the ground that they had wrongly implicated innocent Muslim youths.
After hearing the arguments, the bench headed by Justice P V Hardas reserved the order.
Advocate General Darius Khambata said the PIL should be dismissed as it was "pre-mature and misconceived".
The trial in the case, he argued, was held up because of discharge applications filed by five of the nine accused. Instead of seeking expeditious trial, they were seeking discharge and thereby delaying the trial, he said.
The PIL, filed by Ameen Idrisi, president of NGO Muslim-e-Hind, alleges that Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad framed up nine Muslims, and its case against them was later discredited by the National Investigation Agency.
The NIA, which took over the probe later, filed a chargesheet which blames a Hindu extremist outfit for the blast.
Petitioner`s lawyer, advocate Ejaz Naqvi, said he was pressing only for action against the ATS officers, and not other demands such as compensation for the accused.
The PIL has sought probe by a special investigation team into roles of certain ATS officers.
The blasts in Malegaon on September 8, 2006 killed 37 persons and injured 125. Most of the victims were Muslim pilgrims.