Sting finds ‘holes’ in ATS case against Baig

Witnesses say they were tutored by Maharashtra ATS to give suitable testimonies.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 21, 2013 2:01 am

News website Gulail.com on Friday released footage of a sting operation in which five “key” prosecution witnesses in the February 2010 Pune German Bakery blast have claimed they gave false testimonies against Mirza Himayat Baig,who has been convicted and sentenced to death for the terror attack.

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Video clips released by Gulail.com at a press conference at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh in Mumbai showed prosecution witnesses alleging they were forced to give false testimonies in court against Baig. They also alleged they were tutored by the Maharashtra ATS to give testimonies that suited its case.

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“There were three main points on which Baig was convicted: that RDX was seized from the house he had stayed in,that he was of a jehadi mindset and spoke to his friends about it,and that he was seen in Pune with Yasin Bhatkal on the day of the blasts. However,all three points are false. More seriously,five or six crucial prosecution witnesses who deposed against Baig all gave false testimonies. They were constantly tutored,trained,threatened and tortured by the ATS. One witness’s family was detained in the ATS lock-up while he was deposing in court,” Gulail editor Ashish Khetan said.

Asked for a comment,DCP Pradip Sawant of the ATS said,“Two of the witnesses named have given their statements before two different magistrates under section 164 of the CrPC. Another witness turned hostile in court,so how does the question of tutoring arise? One witness who is supposed to have been forced to give false testimony,did not even depose before a court. These allegations will not affect our case.”

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