Akthar Shaikh, an accused in the murder of diesel smuggler Sayyed Ali Madar, has moved an application in the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court saying the police had forcibly taken his signature on a blank paper.
Madar, owner of a shipping firm, was shot dead on September 15 in his south Mumbai residence and the police have arrested nine people, including Shaikh.
In his application, Shaikh has said that after taking his signature he was taken to the deputy commissioner of police’s office. Shaikh has also said the police had ill-treated him while he was in police custody.
“Shaikh fears that the police might write something and treat it as his confession,” said his lawyer Mubin Solkar.
Under MCOCA, a statement made to the police officer of level of DCP is considered as a confession. Businessman Mohammed Ali has also been arrested in connection with the case and the police had said Ali was allegedly the mastermind behind the murder.