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Court asks police to provide copies of CDs to Kobad Ghandy

delhi Updated: Apr 03, 2010 22:24 IST

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A court on Saturday directed that the Delhi Police should within a week provide top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy copies of the CDs purportedly showing him addressing armed cadres in Nepal.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja asked the Special Cell of the police, which investigated the case against Ghandy, to give him the copies as these were relied upon by the prosecuting agency as evidence against him.

"Having regards to the facts and circumstances, I am of the view that it is necessary to supply copies of the CDs/DVDs to the accused," the CMM said.

The court directed the investigating agency to de-seal all the CDs and DVDs deposited in the store room and supply their copies to 63-year-old Ghandy, a Central Committee member of banned CPI (Maoist), by April nine.

The court's order came after defence counsel Vikas Gosain submitted that the police had failed to hand them over the copies of the materials.

It was the case of the prosecution that they had electronic evidence to show the accused had visited Nepal and addressed armed Maoist cadres, he submitted.

Gosain also submitted that the police had failed to supply the accused copies of about 71 books allegedly seized from him.

Public Prosecutor Naveen Kumar, on the other hand, opposed Ghandy's plea of being provided with the copies of the books on the ground that those were voluminous records running in over 1000 pages. The court, however, asked the defence counsel to inspect those records.

The court, meanwhile, extended judicial custody of Ghandy, arrested on September 20 last year, till April nine.

Earlier, the city police had on February 19 filed a chargesheet against Ghandy, accusing him of trying to set up a network of the banned outfit here. He was charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, besides being booked for various offences under the IPC relating to cheating, forgery and impersonation.

In its over 700-page chargesheet, the police had alleged that Ghandy along with his associates was trying to build a 'Maoist corridor' in the national capital.

His associate Arvind Joshi, who was later arrested from Kanpur, is in the judicial custody here.