Tahir was planning to set up arms factory: CBI

Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 19:39

Mumbai: Tahir Merchant, an accused in 1993
serial bomb blasts, was planning to set up an arms-making
factory in the country along with co-accused in the case at
the behest of prime absconding accused Tiger Memon, CBI told a
court Monday.

The investigating agency, while seeking further custody
of Tahir, today told the special court that the accused has
admitted to his association with Tiger Memon and other
convicts in the blasts case and has also claimed to have had
plans to set up an arms factory in India.

"Tahir has admitted that soon after the Babri Masjid
demolition, funds were collected in Dubai in order to plan an
attack against Hindus in India," the CBI remand application
says.

Tahir`s lawyer, however, opposed the CBI contention and
said Tahir has been falsely implicated in the case.

"CBI wants to forcibly extract confession from Tahir. The
agency is relying solely on the confessions of four other
accused in the case who have allegedly named Tahir as one of
the conspirators," his lawyer Rizwan Merchant argued.

Special CBI Judge M R Deshpande remanded Tahir to CBI
custody till June 19.

Tahir Merchant alias Taklya, was arrested on June 8 by
CBI after he was deported from Abu Dhabi.

Tahir, who was declared a proclaimed offender by a
special TADA court in October 1993, has been accused of
arranging for his co-accused to be sent to Pakistan via Dubai
to undergo arms training.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 19:39

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