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Mozawalla framed, say family, lawyer

mumbai Updated: Dec 28, 2010 01:52 IST
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Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawalla’s wife Fatima and lawyer Mubin Solkar, on Monday, rubbished the police claims that the Mazgaon-based visa facilitating agent had been engaged in spying for Pakistan.

They alleged he had been “framed” for visiting relatives there on a couple of occasions.

“Javed is innocent and has done nothing wrong. He is an Indian and loves his country. He is neither linked to any terror, anti-national organisations nor individuals and neither has he indulged in espionage,” Solkar said, while addressing a press conference at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, CST.

Solkar was flanked by Fatima, Mozawalla’s mother and some religious heads from the community who have rallied behind the family.

“My husband is simple and innocent. He has never indulged in anti-national activities. He has been falsely implicated. I have faith in the country’s law and I am sure he will get justice,” said Fatima, an MBBS dropout, while refusing questions from reporters.

Punching several holes in the police investigation, Solkar claimed that Mozawalla, 28, had been “illegally” detained since the night of December 7 and not December 8 as has been claimed by the police.

“There was no seizure or recovery of any incriminating documents from his flat,” Solkar said, dismissing what he termed as “police claims” that computer hard disks, a terrorist’s manual on communication, photographs, CDs and codified telephone numbers had been seized from his premises.

On the contrary, Solkar alleged, police took Mozawalla to the air force station at Lonavala and clicked photographs and forced the latter to click some. He was also asked to sign on blank sheets of paper and on some documents in Marathi and Hindi. “We fear that those photographs and documents might be used to implicate him in the charge sheet,” Solkar feared.

While admitting that Mozawalla had visited Pakistan twice in the past, Solkar said it was because his aunt is married to a Pakistani. His aunt died a few years ago. In 2005, Mozawalla and his family members visited Pakistan for a month, for the marriage of his aunt’s son Danish Abdul Gani Quettawala, who lives in Karachi.

In 2006, the family again visited the country for a fortnight, when Danish’s wife delivered a baby. Two months ago, Danish said he wanted to visit India and had applied for a visa.

Solkar said Mozawalla, from 2004 to 2006, had worked with the Haj Committee as a clerk. Here, he learnt the visa processing formalities and subsequently started a tour and travel agency, Taiba Haj Corporation.

Meanwhile, reacting to claims made by Mozawalla’s family and lawyer, joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshu Roy said, “This is not a new tactic by criminals and anti-national elements. We have substantial evidence to prove his anti-national activities,”

Roy maintained that every legal formality was followed during the search at his residence.

Mozawalla was arrested on December 9 by the Criminal Intelligence Unit.

Mozawalla is presently in judicial custody.