The Bombay High Court has given interim protection to two former Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officers for three weeks so that they could appear before a court in Indore which has issued non-bailable warrants against them in connection with the disappearance of a witness they had examined while investigating the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.
Inspector Ramesh More and retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajendra Ghule had applied for anticipatory bail before the High Court here, soon after the Indore court on May 25 filed the NBWs.
Dilip Patidar, an Indore resident, lived with his family as a tenant in a house owned by Ramji Kalsangra. Named as one of the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, Kalsangra remains absconding in the case.
Patidar’s relatives have alleged that the then 28-year-old electrician had been brought to Mumbai for questioning by the ATS in November 2008. He, however, never returned.
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The ATS, meanwhile, had told the family Patidar was let off to return to Indore and that they were not aware about his whereabouts.
A haebus corpus plea filed by the Patidar’s elder brother Ram led to the CBI investigating into his disappearance.
The CBI filed a closure report before the Indore court in 2014 indicting Ghule and More, with offences made out against them under Sections 120-B (conspiracy), 342 (wrongful confinement), 344 (voluntarily causing hurt), 348 (wrongful confinement to extort confession) 193 (false evidence) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record) of the Indian Penal Code.
The report, however, claims that they were filing a closure report in the case as they did not receive sanctions from the Maharashtra government to prosecute the two officials. Last month, a local court in Indore rejected the report and issued non-bailable warrants against the two.
Advocate Niranjan Mundargi, appearing for Ghule and More, sought protection from arrest by the CBI seeking time to seek recourse before the Indore court.
Justice Revati Mohite Dere granted the two time before disposing the plea.