Court raps Delhi Police for illegally detaining two men

April 9th, 2008 - 9:20 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday pulled up the Special Cell of Delhi Police for illegally detaining two people and branding them as terrorists. Justice S.L. Bhayana said Wednesday that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) preliminary report on the arrest of Mohammed Moarif Qamar and Irshad Ali, both from Jammu and Kashmir, was against the police.

“The report is totally against you,” the judge said while giving the CBI four more months to file a conclusive report.

Qamar and Ali were arrested by the Special Cell from Mubarak Chowk on G.T. Karnal Road in north Delhi February 2006. Both were alleged to be militants of Al-Badr group.

The CBI questioned several senior officials as the agency found proof to establish that the two were police informers.

While nailing several aspects of the probe by the police, the CBI in its investigations pointed out that statements of Special Cell sleuths contradicted one another. Some of the low-rung officials in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) were also questioned, the CBI said.

Sufian Siddiqui, counsel for Qamar and Ali, has already given an undertaking before the court that his clients would not be filing any bail plea and would await the court’s ruling on the matter.

Last year, the high court pulled up the CBI for not investigating the matter properly.

“If this is your conduct, what can I say about the local police? At whose instance are you working? You are not doing an in-depth probe into the allegations but only beating around the bush,” Justice S.N. Dhingra said hearing the case last year.

The court was also irked when the agency sought some more time and observed, “The pace at which you are working means this case will take 20-25 years like other high profile cases you have investigated. The liberty of the accused is in jeopardy as he is behind bars for the past 20 months because of you.”

The CBI investigations, as suggested in the first status report, clearly point at a nexus between the IB and Special Cell in framing Qamar and Ali.

Apart from Delhi Police, an inspector from IB, Majid Din, has also been found involved in the abduction and illegal detention of the two Kashmiris.

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