The defence lawyer of an accused in the 2003 Mumbai blasts case recently cross-examined a crime branch officer over allegations of sexual assault committed on the accused at the behest of the officer.
The officer was arraigned as a prosecution witness to assist investigating officials during interrogation in the Mulund blast case. The incident, which took place on March 13, 2003, killed 12 and injured 71.
The other blasts had taken place at Mumbai Central Station on December 6, 2002 and at suburban Vile Parle on January 27, 2003. The police had chargesheeted 16 accused, including Saquib Nachan, an alleged member of SIMI.
An accused, in a confession statement to the court in 2003, claimed the officer had tortured him.
The officer replied “I cannot say” to most of the questions asked by the defence lawyer.
“It is correct that there is no lock-up in the unit, but it is not correct that the accused were kept with hands locked,” the officer said.
Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian said such allegations were not levelled at other officers till now. “It is an after-thought by the defence lawyer,” said Salian.