The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal filed by an accused in the 11/7 serial blasts case, challenging the application of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against him.
A division bench of Justices Khandeparkar and Tahilramani dismissed the application filed by Aasif Khan. The bench observed that there was sufficient evidence to show the involvement of Khan in the continuing offence.
Khan is one of 13 arrested for their alleged involvement in the blasts. He filed two applications in court — one claiming the provisions of MCOCA were applied by the competent authority without application of mind and the second seeking the transfer of the case from MCOCA Judge Mridula Bhatkar.
Khan’s application contended that an essential condition of having more than one chargesheet against him was not fulfilled.
Khan’s advocate Mubin Solkar argued that the second chargesheet was filed against Khan much after the sanction of MCOCA was granted. The second chargesheet against Khan was filed on March 22 this year while the sanction to apply MCOCA was granted in November 2006.