The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad Saturday sought time to file a detailed report about the progress in the investigation into the escape of Shaikh Nayeem, an accused in the 2006 Aurangabad Arms haul case. On September 5, special judge G T Kadri had issued a show cause notice to the ATS to present a detailed report on Saturday with dates and facts of the escape. Judge Kadri has issued a non-bailable warrant against Nayeem. “The judge has posted the matter for arguments to September 11, when investigating officer ACP Samad Sheikh would produce a copy of the agency’s probe until now,” said defence lawyer Asif Naqvi. According to the court order, the superintendent of Dum Dum Central Correction Home, Kolkata, has submitted a report on Nayeem’s escape. On August 24, Nayeem was being escorted by four West Bengal policemen in the Howrah-Mumbai Superfast Mail when he jumped off between Kharsiya and Shakti railway stations.
2006 Malegaon case: Discharge plea of 9 Muslim accused adjourned till Nov 1
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court Saturday adjourned until November 1 proceedings on the discharge applications of nine Muslim accused in the 2006 Malegaon blast case. “Judge Y D Shinde has promised to hear the arguments on November 1.
The defence was ready to argue, but the judge said he was busy dictating the 7/11 Mumbai local train blast case judgment,” said defence lawyer Sharif Shaikh. On August 19, the MCOCA court heard the final arguments on the July 2006 serial train blasts case trial and reserved the judgment until September 19.
NCP ex-minister Vijay Gavit joins BJP
Former NCP minister for medical education Vijaykumar Gavit Saturday joined the BJP along with his supporters. Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse welcomed him to the party. Gavit represents the Nandurbar Assembly constituency in the tribal belt of North Maharashtra. His daughter Heena Gavit had joined the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. She contested and got elected from Nandurbar.