‘Release innocent Muslim youths in jail’

Expressing concern over innocent Muslim youths in jail in connection with the 2006 Malegaon blast

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: June 27, 2013 5:41 am

Expressing concern over innocent Muslim youths in jail in connection with the 2006 Malegaon blast case and the 2010 Pune German Bakery case,National Commission of Minorities Chairman Wajahat Habibullah has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Law Minister Kapil Sibal and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

He urged them to withdraw the CBI chargesheets against the accused in the Malegaon blast case whose names don’t figure in the latest NIA chargesheet. He has sought reopening of the probe into the Mumbai train blasts and the German Bakery case and urged the government to refrain from opposing the alleged accused Himayat Beg’s appeal against his death sentence.

Attached with his letter is a copy of the petition of journalist Ashish Khetan submitted in the Bombay High Court last month where he has accused the Mumbai ATS of having “deliberately created bogus evidence,extracted false confessions,planted explosives in the houses of the accused and thus implicated innocent Muslim youths”.

“What is shocking is that although the report is based on all its substantive conclusions on the police records themselves,it would appear that the accused in all three cases who have suffered years of incarceration,have been detained on grounds that are allegedly fabricated,” Habibullah has written in his letter.

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