Ajmer blast case accused moves court for FIR against CBI

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New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) An RSS functionary, accused inAjmer blast case, today moved a Delhi court seekingregistration of an FIR against CBI and Tehelka magazine formaking public right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand''sconfessional statement.

Devendra Gupta, against whom a charge sheet has been filedby the Rajasthan''s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), moved theapplication before Additional Chief Metropolitan MagistrateSanjay Bansal, who reserved his order on it till tomorrow.

Gupta alleged that Aseemanand''s confessional statementrecorded by a Metropolitan Magistrate under section 164 of theCrPC was leaked by the CBI to Tehelka magazine in violation oflaw.

"The media coverage indicates a well-defined leakage thatis authored with a design to insulting the judicial process..... The leakage of court proceedings opened an additionalforum of media trial to prejudice the mind of the court inviolation of the rights of the accused in custody," hiscounsel Anupam S Sharma and Sanjeev Nassiar submitted. (MORE)PTI ATP ABS AAC RAX RKS SC

Gupta is at present lodged in Central Jail, Ajmer. In their brief submissions, the counsel told the courtthat the leakage of Aseemanand''s statement had given a handleto neighbouring Pakistan to press for their improper demands.

The deliberate leakage was tantamount to commission ofoffence under various provisions of the IPC and Prevention ofCorruption Act.

The complaint sought registration of FIR against a CBIAdditional Superintendent of Police, T R Balaji and the owner,publisher and editor of Tehelka magazine.

The Rajasthan ATS has already filed a charge sheet in theblast case in the court of Additional Chief JudicialMagistrate, Ajmer against Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma,Chander Shekhar Lave, and Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre(both absconding) in the case.

The ATS had arrested Gupta from Ajmer and Chandrashekharand Lokesh from Madhya Pradesh last year. It later arrestedtwo more suspects - Harshad Bhai Solanki, who was alsoinvolved in Best Bakery case of Vadodara and absconding since2004, and Mukesh Vasani, from Gujarat.

The blast in the premises of the dargah of KhawajaMoinuddin Chishti in 2007 had left three persons dead and 15others injured.

Aseemanand, prime accused in Hyderabad''s Mecca Masjidblast case, in his recent confessional statement, had said heand several Sangh activists among others had a direct role inMalegaon, Samjhauta Express, Ajmer and Mecca blasts.

Sources in the investigating agencies had said Aseemanand(59) had given a detailed description of the involvement ofthe activists and self-styled spiritual leaders in severalterror attacks across the country during the last three years.

The statement under section 164 of CrPC is recordedin-camera before the magistrate.

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