The call data records (CDRs) of the 13 accused in the July 11, 2006 serial blasts have been deleted because they were not relevant to the investigation, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) told the Bombay high court.
The court was hearing a group of petitions filed by some of the accused in the July 11 serial train blasts case. In his affidavit, Sunil Wadke, who was with the technical unit cell of the ATS when the blasts occurred, said that the soft copies of the call records of the accused were procured from the service providers in 2006. On studying the records, he had informed SL Patil, the then assistant commissioner of police, that no material from the records could be useful for the purpose of investigation.
The records were not relied upon by the prosecution or included in the charge sheet, said Wadke. In every case, the record is voluminous and hence the redundant data is deleted, states the affidavit. “So, I deleted the soft copies after a year,” he added.
Yug Chaudhary, the advocate for the accused, said that irrespective of the content, his client has a right to peruse it.
Public prosecutor Revati Dere on Monday argued that if the document was so crucial, they should have sought a restraining order against the nodal officer destroying the records. “Only in 2012, they thought they need the records,” she asked.
Claiming that they have been asking for the copies since 2006, Chaudhary said: “How can investigations be based on soft copies? Also, there are rules for destruction of evidence in the police manual.”
Justice Abhay Thipsay said that such a case will have to examined independent of its merits. The hearing has been adjourned till Tuesday.