HC reserves order on Yunus custodial death case
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Saturday reserved the judgement on a petition filed by the mother of POTA detainee Khwaja Yunus, seeking compensation from the state government and demanding trial of the police officers who were allegedly responsible for her son`s death in custody.
Aasiya Begum`s lawyer Mihir Desai argued that in cases of custodial death, it is very difficult to get witnesses or collect evidence. Desai said it was for the court to decide whether the statement of the eyewitness was credible enough to result in conviction in this case.
Desai pointed out that police officers had lied about they being elsewhere when Yunus was allegedly beaten to death in custody, as shown by their cell phone records.
At present, only four policemen -- API Sachin Vaze and constables Rajendra Tiwari, Rajaram Nikam and Vasant Desai -- are facing trial on the charges of murder of Yunus and destruction of evidence.
The government had earlier refused the sanction to prosecute 10 other police officers.
Yunus, a software engineer working in a Dubai-based company, was arrested by police for his alleged involvement in bomb blast in a BEST bus outside suburban Ghatkopar station on December 02, 2002.
In January 2003, police claimed that he escaped while being taken to Aurangabad when the police jeep met with an accident. But CID probe indicated that this was a false story
and Yunus had died in police custody.
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