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Samjhauta ‘bomber’ refuses to confess before court

Advocate Rajan Malhotra,special public prosecutor,said that the NIA has sufficient evidence to prove Kamal Chauhan’s involvement in the blast case.

Kamal Chauhan,alleged bomber in the Samjhauta blast case,today refused to give his confessional statement before a local court. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had brought Chauhan to get his statement recorded before the magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The NIA had moved an application for the same.

However,Chauhan refused to get his confessional statement recorded. After the NIA brought Chauhan today,the magistrate,as per the procedure,spoke to Chauhan inside the courtroom.

After ten minutes of interaction,the magistrate apprised the special public prosecutors for NIA,R K Handa and Rajan Malhotra that Chauhan refused to get his statement recorded. “Chauhan had desired to get his statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC before the judge on the last date of hearing but today he refused to do so,” said R K Handa,special public prosecutor.

When asked as to whether the refusal will adversely affect the case,Advocate Rajan Malhotra,the other special public prosecutor,said that the NIA has sufficient evidence to prove Chauhan’s involvement. He said that Chauhan’s refusal will not cause a dent in the NIA’s case.

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The case was adjourned. On the last date of hearing,the NIA had claimed that Chauhan,in his confession,had divulged that he had purchased tickets to travel from Indore to Delhi under fictitious names for himself and

other co-accused including Lokesh Sharma.

The NIA had claimed that Chauhan had sold a piece of his agricultural land in Indore to arrange funds for bombs and other equipment for the blast. Also,the NIA had alleged,that Chauhan had given financial aid to the tune of Rs 1 lakh to one of the proclaimed offenders in the case.

The court,on the last hearing,had refused to extend further police remand of Chauhan. Chauhan and Swami Aseemanand are in judicial custody.