CBI reply on Aseemanand confession leak not satisfactory:Court

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Not satisfied with the CBI''stwo-page report refuting allegation of leaking theconfessional statement of Ajmer dargah blast accused SwamiAseemanand, a Delhi court today asked the Director of theagency to file a complete report on the issue.

"It is not a complete report," Additional ChiefMetropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Bansal said while asking theagency to file a fresh report by February 25.

The court was not satisfied with the brief report inwhich the CBI had refuted the allegation that it had leakedthe confessional statement.

The court also pointed out that the two-page report wasnot signed by the CBI Director.

The investigating agency said that the report was filedafter being approved by the Director.

The court, however, was not satisfied and said, "Even ifthe CBI Director is a approver he should have at least signedit but it is not reflected in the report."

The CBI refuted the claims made by RSS functionaryDevendra Gupta, arrested for his role in Ajmer dargah blastcase, that it had leaked the confessional statement of SwamiAseemanad to the media.

"The CBI has not released the press statement to themedia containing the statement under section 164 CrPC ofAseemananad or even the fact that he had made a confessionalstatement as it was felt that it would jeopardise the interestof the investigation.

"However, an internal fact-finding enquiry has beeninstituted in the matter," CBI said in its report.

The court had on February 4 had issued notice to theCBI and had asked its Director to explain how the confessionalstatement of Swami Aseemanand was leaked to the media.

The court had passed the order on an application filedby Gupta seeking registration of an FIR against CBI and''Tehelka'' magazine under various penal provisions for the"deliberate" leakage of Aseemanand''s confessional statement.

The confession was recorded in Delhi by a MetropolitanMagistrate on December 18 last year in an in-cameraproceeding.

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