Charges against terror suspects by February 21
The crime Branch told the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court the charge-sheet against 21 alleged Indian Muja-hideen members would be filed on February 11, reports Vignesh Iyer.india Updated: Jan 31, 2009 01:04 IST
The crime Branch on Friday told the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court the charge-sheet against 21 alleged Indian Muja-hideen members would be filed on February 11.
The terror outfit is allegedly responsible for a number of blasts across the country.
On December 22, the court had extended the time to file the chargesheet by 60 days after the Crime Branch sought extension of time as the probe was still underway and that they were also probing the whereabouts’ of the absconding accused.
The Crime Branch is still looking for alleged masterminds Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal. Another key accused, Amir Raza, is believed to be in Pakistan.
Special Public Prosecutor Kalpana Chavan said that some accused also retracted their confessions. Chavan said the Crime Branch was considering a letter by the group’s media cell chief Mohammed Peerbhouy that he wanted to tell the ‘truth’ to the court.
The chargesheet will also contain statements of over 100 witnesses detailing the conspiracy and execution of the blasts.
The Mumbai Police had initially arrested Mohammad Sadiq Sheikh, alleged founder member of the group, besides four others after closing monitoring and raiding several places in the state.