IN THE final stages of arguments, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case may face another delay after a theft of three laptops belonging to the defence lawyers.
On Monday, special TADA Judge G A Sanap was informed by one of the lawyers from the chamber of advocate Rizwan Merchant that a theft has taken place in their office in South Mumbai in the weekend.
The court was informed that one of the laptops had detailed notes and six months of their preparation on the case to begin the final arguments.
A case of theft has been registered before the MRA Marg police station but no arrest or recovery has been made so far, the court was informed.
“The CCTV shows that the window grill was broken and the theft was committed. We have handed over the footage to the police,” the lawyer said.
Merchant represents gangster Mustafa Dossa, who had been named an absconding accused when the previous set of accused, including Yakub Memon and Sanjay Dutt, were facing trial.
The court had then decided to hold a separate trial of all the accused arrested or extradited later, including Dossa, Abu Salem, Firoz Khan, Taher Merchant and three others.
This trial began in 2008 and has reached its fag end now. On Monday, special public prosecutor Deepak Salvi concluded the arguments for the CBI
and the court directed the defence to open its final arguments.
Meanwhile, gangster Abu Salem’s plea to allow him to travel to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to appear in the trials where he is accused, has been opposed by the state government.