Human Rights

Batla House encounter: police asked to furnish details of CD

New Delhi: On 5 December 2009, police came under heavy criticism from a city Court which asked the Delhi police to come clear on the CD which it claimed was prepared on the basis of material allegedly retrieved from a lap-top of a suspected Indian Mujahidin (IM) terrorist, gunned down in the Batla House encounter on 19 September 2008. The Court has asked the police as to why CD should not be given to all accused involved in serial blasts of 13 September 2008 in Delhi.

In its response Delhi police has opposed the plea saying that the CD contained communally -sensitive material. While rejecting its contention the Court asked the police to furnish a copy of the mirror image of CD to the advocates on condition that they would not reveal it further.

The Court’s direction came as the special cell of the Delhi police, which investigated all five cases pertaining to the blasts, submitted that they had prepared three sets of copies of the CD as only three accused have asked for it.

The Court, which is conducting the proceedings in the case via video conference from Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad where 11 accused are at present lodged, restrained their counsel from interacting with them saying the facility was available only for conducting trail.

Majid Jahangir

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2010 on page no. 11

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