High court grants bail to Afzal Pani
The Bombay high court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to Mazagaon resident Afzal Hazi Khan aka Afzal Pani accused of trying to frame two social activists from Gujarat.mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2011 01:06 IST
The Bombay high court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to Mazagaon resident Afzal Hazi Khan aka Afzal Pani accused of trying to frame two social activists from Gujarat.
Justice Abhay Thipsay granted him bail at a sum of Rs 25,000 and a surety of the same amount stating he required protection in view of the police hostility against him. “The possibility of him being victimised cannot be ruled out when you yourself say that he was recording the conversation of police officers in order to expose them,” the judge told assistant public prosecutor RV Newton while granting pre-arrest bail.
Newton argued that about 30 cases had been registered against Khan, but Khan’s counsel BP Pande countered that only 13 cases were registered against him, of which only six were cognisable, and that Khan had been acquitted in all the cases.
The prosecutor said Khan’s custodial interrogation was essential to find out the source of the country-made pistols recovered from a co-accused, Riyaz Abdul Kashmiri. But Pande indicated foul play alleging one Mumtaz, a third accused, was in constant touch with the investigating officer of the case, DS Patil.
The police arrested Kashmiri on May 10 and recovered two country-made revolvers from him. Kashmiri claimed two social activists from Gujarat gave him the weapons. He later told the police that it was Khan who had given him the revolvers, with instructions to implicate the social activists. Apart from restraining Khan from leaving the city without permission, the court has directed him to attend Bandra police station for two weeks everyday for two hours.