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German Bakery case: Baig seeks fresh probe

In the backdrop of arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, alleged founder of Indian Mujahideen, condemned convict in German Bakery blast case, Himayat Baig has approached Bombay High Court seeking reinvestigation into his case by a neutral agency or a court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).

An application was moved by Baig’s lawyer Mehmood Parcha before the High Court seeking a fresh probe claiming that he had not been given a fair chance and also alleged that elite Anti-Terror Squad of Maharashtra Police had even ensured hijacking of trial by manipulating a defence lawyer.

‘My application is based on the letter written by my client to judges of High Court where he says that the defence lawyer in Pune was thrusted upon him by ATS team and that he had never seen the charge sheet.

‘We want a fresh investigation by a court-appointed SIT or a neutral agency so that actual truth comes out,’ says Parcha. The application will come before the court on 23 September.

The lawyer also went ahead to say that the murder of suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Qateel Siddiqqui also needs a proper investigation.

‘On the face of it, it seems that this is a simple murder that took place in Yerwada jail of Pune, but if one analyses it, the beneficiary of Siddiqui’s murder are the top brass of Maharashtra ATS who had the motive of hiding the tracks of false implication of Baig,’ the lawyer alleged. This application will also come for hearing on 23 September.

Baig was sentenced to death by a special court in Pune earlier this year for being involved in German Bakery blast of 13 February, 2010 that left 17 people including foreigners dead.
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