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Court seeks inquiry into CD leaked to media

The special court has sought inquiry into the CD that was leaked to the media. The CD contains statement of the sole surviving 26/11 attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab’s recorded at BYL Nair Hospital on November 27, 2008.

mumbai Updated: Dec 09, 2009 02:53 IST
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The special court has sought inquiry into the CD that was leaked to the media. The CD contains statement of the sole surviving 26/11 attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab’s recorded at BYL Nair Hospital on November 27, 2008.

“I want to know how the CDs landed with the news channels,” judge M.L. Tahaliyani told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Referring to an application filed by Kasab’s previous lawyer Abbas Kazmi, the judge clarified that contents of the CD were beyond his purview as it is not part of the proceedings before the special court.

He added that action must be taken when the visuals are being repeatedly telecasted while the trial is in progress. “I will also examine whether it amounts to interference in the administration of justice and therefore whether it amounts to contempt of court,” said the judge.

The judge then ordered investigation officer Ramesh Mahale to file his say on the application. He said: “Before initiating any action, I want to know what action has been taken by the police department.”

The special prosecutor told the court that internal inquiry has been initiated but it hasn’t yet concluded.

Three testify

Shashi Bhushan, retired union joint secretary (Home), Sanjay Saxena, additional commissioner of police (Economic Offences Wing) and Salil Saxena, deputy general manager from Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES), Delhi, testified before the special court on Tuesday.

Bhushan had sanctioned to prosecute the three accused of hijacking the fishing trawler MV Kuber in international waters. Sanjay Saxena had forwarded a proposal to prosecute the accused (for waging war against the nation) to the home department for sanction.

The BSES official told the court that the electricity bill submitted by Suresh Prasad while purchasing two Airtel SIM cards, used by the attackers to communicate with their Pakistani handlers during 26/11, was fabricated. “Suresh Prasad is not our customer and the consumer reference number printed on it is false,” said the witness.