Advani bomb case: Man involved not in custody

Police informed the Madras HC that Bakrudeen, allegedly behind planting of the bomb on BJP leader LK Advani`s yatra route, is not in its custody.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

Chennai: Police on Thursday informed the Madras High Court that Bakrudeen, allegedly behind planting of the bomb on BJP leader LK Advani`s yatra route near Madurai, is absconding and not in its custody.
In a counter affidavit in response to a Habeas Corpus
plea filed by one M Abdullah, Inspector of CB-CID Madurai
unit`s SIT R Krishnarajan said Bakrudeen was neither arrested
nor detained illegally by the team as claimed by the
petitioner but was absconding.

Abdullah had come up with such "a bald and baseless"
allegation only to defame CB-CID, the affidavit claimed.

The affidavit said two persons Abdullah and Raja Hussain
were both arrested on November 1 and in their confession
statements had mentioned the involvement of Bakrudeen in
planting the pipe bomb.

Taking note of the submission in the affidavit, a
Division Bench comprising justices C Nagappan and T
Sudanthiram closed the petition holding that counsel for the
petitioner had not substantiated the contention.
Abdullah had also not seen the SIT taking Bakrudeen, the
bench said.

Abdullah had claimed that Bakrudeen was already in police
custody and fearing that he may be killed in a fake encounter
had filed the Habeas Corpus plea for a direction to the police
to produce him in court and set him at liberty.

Police had recovered the powerful bomb from under a
bridge on October 27 at Alampatti village, about 30 km from
here, on the route of Advani`s jan chetna yatra. Subsequently
the BJP leader route`s was diverted.

PTI