HC allows 7/11 accused's defence to examine cops

Mumbai, Nov. 27 -- In partial relief for the accused persons in the 7/11 serial train blasts case, the Bombay high court on Monday granted them liberty to examine three deputy commissioners of police (DCPs), who recorded the confessions of the arrested accused in the Indian Mujahideen (IM) cases. Justice AM Thipsay allowed the application filed by some of the accused in the train blasts case seeking direction to the special MCOCA court to permit them to examine the confessions of the IM accused and also the DCPs who recorded it.

The trial court can now summon the officials for examination by the defence lawyers.

The high court is however, is yet to pass its order on another application made by the accused seeking examination of investigating officers of the 7/11 blasts case and nodal officers of mobile service providers regarding availability of CDRs.

Petitioners claim that during their arrest in 2006, the ATS had relied on these CDRs recovered from their mobile phones while seeking their remand. Authorities, however, did not rely on the call records while filing of the charge sheet.

The ATS had earlier told the court that none of the CDRs relating to the July 11, 2006, serial blasts were relied by the prosecution or were part of the charge sheet, after which soft copies of the CDRs were deleted from the records.

It was added that the originals were still available with the mobile service providers.

Justice Thipsay informed the petitioners that he will pass order on the CDRs in due course.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.