Samad`s bail plea rejected, ATS doesn`t want him now
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 23:51
Mumbai: The bail plea of Abdul Samad, who the ATS said is linked to German bakery blast fuelling a row after his arrest in an arms seizure case, was today rejected by a court but the police did not seek his custody afresh.

Maharashtra's Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) did not press for Samad's custody in a local court after apparently failing to produce any evidence linking him with the February 14 blast in Pune in which 17 persons were killed.

Rejecting the bail plea, Magistrate M V Morale sent 23-year-old Samad, who was produced before him, to judicial custody till June 14 after he read the remand application of ATS.

The judge rejected the bail plea stating that the offences under the Arms Act for which Samad has been booked is serious. The investigation in the arms case is still in progress and hence releasing him would not be safe, he said.

The ATS claimed that Samad is not co-operating with the investigation but surprised the court by saying that "we do not need his custody as of now so he may be sent to judicial custody...if needed we (ATS) will take his custody later."

According to the ATS application, Samad is gangster Chota Shakeel's aide and the firearms that were recovered from three arrested persons--Haji Imran Ghulam Mohammad, Afzal Shaikh and Sulieman Mehmood Patel--on Aug five, 2009 in south Mumbai was supplied by him.

There is one more wanted accused in the arms case who is absconding in Karnataka and further investigation is on to find out why the arms were supplied to the three accused.

Samad, who hails from Bhatkal village of Karnatka, sought bail soon after he was remanded in judicial custody.

Samad contended there were no serious allegations against him, and that three other accused, who were arrested in the arms case last year, were already out on bail.

"There is no whisper of any serious allegation against me...there has been no recovery of arms from him...the three arrested accused in the case are out on bail so on grounds of parity I should also be released on bail," he said.

The Samad case is gradually turning out to be an embarrassment for ATS that even Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had a word of caution.

"On May 25, 2010, ATS Maharashtra arrested one of the prime suspects in the Pune blast case.

"I wish to impress upon everyone that the arrested person, at this stage, is only a suspect and hence this information should be treated with circumspection," Chidambaram had said yesterday," the minister said.


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 23:51

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