Mumbai: Seven years after he was arrested
under POTA for alleged complicity in the 2002-03 bomb blasts
in the metropolis, Anwar Ali Javid Ali Wednesday moved Bombay High
Court seeking release on the ground that prosecution had not
produced evidence against him.
The blasts (between December `02 and March `03) at
suburban Vile Parle, Mumbai Central and Mulund had killed ten
persons and injured over 50.
In another development in these cases, Abdul Hamid
Nachan, the 85-year-old father of co-accused Saquib Nachan,
petitioned the High Court on Monday seeking his son`s release
on the same ground.
Justices B H Marlapalle and Anoop Mohta asked
Maharashtra Government and Mumbai Police, both respondents, to
file their response by June 30.
Ali`s lawyer Sushan Kunjuraman pleaded the prosecution
had on three occasions admitted in its replies to bail pleas
that there was no evidence evidence against the accused.
Kunjuraman said the prosecution had argued before the
trial court that there was no evidence to suggest that Ali and
Saquib were involved in the blasts.
The prosecution had given them a clean chit by naming
two other accused as the ones who had made bombs and planted
them in targetted spots, he argued.