Mumbai: A Sessions Court is likely to pass
its order tomorrow on the bail plea of Abdul Samad Bhatkal,
alleged suspect in Pune German Bakery blast case and arrested
in a 2009 illegal arms seizure case.
Samad, who is in judicial custody, had approached the
Sessions Court earlier this month, seeking bail in connection
with the arms case on the grounds that there were no serious
allegations against him.
The ATS, which had arrested Samad on May 25 from
Mangalore airport, had however opposed the plea saying the
investigation in the arms case was still on and releasing
Samad on bail would not be safe.
According to the ATS, Samad is a close aide of gangster
Chhota Shakeel and had supplied firearms to three other
persons who were arrested in August last year.
"The remaining three accused in the arms case are out on
bail. So, on grounds of parity, even Samad should be granted
bail. Moreover, if his name had figured in this case last year
itself, why did the ATS wait for a year before arresting him?
He has been falsely implicated," Samad`s lawyer Mubin Solkar
Soon after his arrest, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
had said Samad was a prime suspect in the February 2010 German
Bakery blast in Pune that killed 17 persons. However, ATS has
not booked Samad in the Pune blast case till now.