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Hyderabad Blasts case: Ban on publishing details of inquiry

Upholding NIA’s apprehension of danger to the lives of witnesses, a special court here has banned the publication of proceedings before it in the cases relating to the Hyderabad twin blasts of 21 February, in which Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal is the key accused.

The National Investigation Agency court in Hyderabad issued the prohibitory order against publishing of court proceedings by media houses without its prior permission following an application by the NIA.

In its order, the NIA special court observed ‘...it is just and necessary to give direction to the print and electronic media not to publish any of the proceedings in this case in RC No. 1/2013 and RC 2/2013 of NIA, Hyderabad including the publishing and telecasting in any manner touching the documents of on going investigation of this case without prior permission from this court.’

The court gave directions to the print and electronic media not to publish any proceedings without its prior permission.

Ahmed Zarar alias Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akthar alias Haddi, who were arrested along the Indo-Nepal border in August, and their associates of Indian Mujahideen are prime accused in the case.

Senior Public Prosecutor, appearing for the NIA, submitted before the court that the print and electronic media has been publishing the day-to-day investigation and disclosures said to have been made by the accused and the same is causing damage to the ongoing investigation of the twin blasts cases of Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad.
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