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Two panch witnesses examined by the prosecution in the German Bakery blast case,when hearing resumed in the court of additional sessions judge NP Dhote,told the court that the ATS had taken handwriting specimen from the lone arrested suspect,Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig,to verify withdrawals he allegedly made from an account.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 13, 2012 1:47:23 am

Two panch witnesses examined by the prosecution in the German Bakery blast case,when hearing resumed in the court of additional sessions judge NP Dhote,told the court that the ATS had taken handwriting specimen from the lone arrested suspect,Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig,to verify withdrawals he allegedly made from an account. They told the court that the ATS had made him fill seven withdrawal slips.

According to the prosecution,Baig had withdrawn money from the account,which was in the name of Rehan Shaikh,seven times.

Prosecution witness Yogesh Suresh Naik (39),who was examined by Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare,told the court that two policemen attached to ATS had called him to be a panch witness while they were taking handwriting specimen of Baig at the ATS headquarters in Shivajinagar.

“In order to take the handwriting samples,the assistant commissioner of police dictated to Baig the matter on seven withdrawal slips of the Bank of Hyderabad,” Naik told the court.

Naik said there were seven slips in all,of which two were for an amount of Rs 1,000 each. “I do not remember the amount on the other five slips,” he told the court.

Another panch witness,Gokul Sudam Shelar,corroborated Naik’s statement and said that to collect Baig’s handwriting specimen,details were dictated on seven withdrawal slips. Shelar,however,did not remember the amount on the slips.

Both witnesses identified Baig in the courtroom as the person from whom the handwriting specimen was collected. They said Baig was also asked to write numbers zero to nine and sign the name of the said account-holder six times on a paper.

Another panch witness (prosecution witness number 53) Tushar Shivaji Pandit,told the court about articles that were seized from Baig when he was arrested.

He told the court that he was called at the ATS headquarters on September 7,2010 at 2.30 pm. “Baig was present and his clothes were thoroughly searched by ATS policemen. A brown pouch,an ID card issued by the Election Commission of India bearing Baig’s photo,Rs 3,020 which were in two notes of 1,000 denomination,two of Rs 500 and two of Rs 10,a pair of spectacles,three passport-size coloured photos of his own,a newspaper cutting bearing a name and address in English,a pocket book with something written in English and Urdu,a piece of State Bank of Hyderabad’s ATM card,two mobile handsets,one with Tata Docomo SIM card,were seized,” Pandit added.

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