The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Delhi Police on a bail petition filed by Ghulam Mohammed Dar, a Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami terrorist, alleged to have entered into a conspiracy with some Pakistan-based terrorists to assassinate President APJ Abdul Kalam, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in 2002.
Dar, who had admitted in his confessional statement recorded under POTA, of being involved in the hawala transaction to supply money to the HUJI terrorists, moved his petition before a vacation Bench comprising Justice AR Lakshmanan and Justice Altamas Kabir challenging the Delhi High Court order denyimg bail to him.
The High Court on May 19 had dismissed his bail plea saying that the allegations against him were of serious nature and there was already a direction to expedite the trial of the case before the Designated POTA court which has recorded the statement of 53 witnesses.
Dar, who in his confessional statement recorded by the DCP under the provision of POTA, had admitted to collecting Rs three lakh and distributing it to the terrorists for accomplishing their task of eliminating the President and the two cricketers, has also contended that he could not be tried under the anti-terrorist law.
Further, he contended that one of the two judges who heard his bail petition in the High Court had for a brief period conducted the proceedings of the case in the trial court.
Dar was arrested by the Delhi Police on the basis of the disclosure statement of other HuJI terrorists, who were nabbed from the Nizamuddun Railway Station.