Mecca Masjid blast case: Court postpones hearing on CBI plea

Hyderabad: A local court on Thursday postponed to July 20 the hearing on CBI's plea seeking to conduct polygraph and narco-analysis tests on the two accused arrested in connection with the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.

The XIV ACMM Court posted the matter for further hearing after the prosecution sought more time for a detailed argument on its application for subjecting Devender Gupta and Lokesh Sharma to the scientific tests.

Denying CBI's claim that Gupta and Sharma had agreed to undergo the polygraph and narco-analysis tests, the accused duo had yesterday informed the judge that they had not given any such consent to the agency.

The investigating agency which has so far named five persons (all allegedly linked to Hindutva outfits) as accused in the Mecca Masjid case, brought the duo, who are also suspects in the Ajmer dargah blast, to Hyderabad on June 17 as part of their investigation.

The CBI, which has already questioned the two during their police custody, in its application had claimed that the duo had indicated they were prepared to undergo the tests and it sought the court's permission to conduct the tests after their consent.

Gupta and Sharma are presently under judicial remand till July 27 at the Chanchalguda Central Prison.