State issues sanction order for prosecuting policemen

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Mumbai, Dec 6 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today said the Maharashtra government had issued sanction orders for prosecuting police officers and staff, indicted by the State CID in the alleged custodial death of Ghatkopar Bomb Blast accused Sayyad Khwaja Yunus.

Khwaja's mother Asiya Begum had moved the court seeking compensation of Rs five lakh for his alleged custodial death, after the High Court had, on April 7, 2004, directed the State CID to treat the statement of a co-accused Dr Abdul Matin Abdul Basit as a FIR.

When her petition came up for hearing today, Assistant Public Prosecutor V Kondedeshmukh informed a division bench comprising Justices R M S Khandeparkar and Amjad Sayyad that the state home department had issued sanction orders yesterday.

He submitted a letter, written by Joint Secretary to the Home Department, to the Public Prosecutors office informing grant of sanction. But, it was not clear as to against which personnel - out of 14 indicted in the matter - sanction for prosecution was granted and against whom it was rejected.

Therefore, the court directed the state government to submit details of the order by Monday.

As per directions of the High Court in earlier round of litigation, another FIR was lodged against police personnel from Ghatkopar crime branch under section 302. The state CID had already completed the investigations into the alleged murder of the Bomb Blast accused and DGP P S Pasricha had forwarded it to state Home Department for sanction to prosecute policemen involved in the case.

Police are claiming that Khwaja ran away taking undue advantage of an accident of the police vehicle in which he was being taken to Aurangabad for investigation into the Ghatkopar Bomb Blast Case of December 2002. The incident, according to police officials, took place on January 7, 2003, near Parner in Nagar District. However, Khwaja's family suspects that he was killed while in police custody.


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