How did scribes get terror suspects’ confessions, police askedOctober 16th, 2008 - 12:36 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Delhi Police how a weekly news magazine obtained details of the alleged confessional statements of three suspected terrorists arrested for the serial bombings in the capital Sep 13.A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar said: “The (news report by India Today) contains complete conversations. We have to know whether the reporter had met them (accused).”
The court has asked the police to submit their reply by Oct 20.
The court’s direction came after an NGO, People’s Union for Democratic Rights, contended that the police is intentionally leaking such information to the media.
Prashant Bhushan, the advocate appearing for the NGO, pointed out that the media is relying on such statements of the suspected terrorists that are not even admissible in court.
He also said that the terror suspects were not allowed to meet their lawyer in a separate room to discuss their case and that police personnel were always present during the interaction.
The Delhi Police also submitted its reply over the petition moved by Bhushan alleging that they were not abiding by the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the rights of terror suspects.
The five serial blasts that rocked different parts of Delhi Sep 13 claimed 26 lives and left over 100 injured.