A sessions court on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by police informer Afzal Khan who has been charged with masterminding a fake contract-killing story to implicate two of his rivals in police trouble.
Additional sessions judge Laxmi Rao rejected the bail application as Khan failed to be present in the court despite specific directions issued on Tuesday.
The court accepted public prosecutor Mohan Sawant contention that Khan’s custodial interrogation was necessary to find out where had he procured the revolver seized from his alleged accomplice, Riyaz Kashmiri, a Mazgaon resident.
Khan provided Kashmiri with a revolver and instructed him to tell the police that the revolver was supplied by the ‘rivals’ who had given him (Kashmiri) a contract to kill two other persons.
Khan asked Kashmiri to deliver a revolver to a person at Carter Road area in Bandra west. When arrested Kashmiri had a revolver, bullets, a chit with the names of two persons—Khan’s rivals, and photographs of two other persons. Kashmiri was supposed to tell the police about the false contract given by Khan’s rivals to kill the two persons, whose photographs he was carrying.
But the real plan came to light when Kashmiri started spilling the beans even before the police could start ‘formal’ interrogation. The police sensed something was amiss, and forced Kashmiri to spill out the real story.