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2008 serial blasts: Court refuses to issue NBW against suspect

According to the Delhi Police,Faizan had been instrumental in arranging visas and providing shelter to the accused in the Delhi serial blasts

A city court has refused to issue a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Faizan Ahmed Sultan,a suspected Indian Mujahideen member,who is alleged to have played a role in the 2008 Delhi serial blasts.

According to the Delhi Police,after the Batla House encounter on September 19,2008,Faizan had been instrumental in arranging visas and providing shelter to the accused in the Delhi serial blasts case in Dubai and Sharjah.

Police had come across this information while questioning Salman,another accused in the case. The application for NBW was made with the hope of extraditing Faizan,who is now in Dubai.

Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar on Wednesday refused the application and said Faizan’s name had not appeared in any of the chargesheets or list of suspects produced before the court. The judge said he had jurisdiction for purposes of trial in the 2008 Delhi blasts case and not for investigation into the case.

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Since,Faizan was not arraigned as an accused earlier,the judge held that the court did not have the jurisdiction to issue NBWs against Faizan. No case for an offence was made in Faizan’s name and no magistrate had taken cognisance of the same,he said.

The court also directed Deputy Commissioner of Police,Belapur,to appear before the court and furnish a reply to a contempt plea filed by an accused in the Delhi blasts case. Earlier this month,accused Asif Sheikh,who is currently lodged in Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai,had moved the plea questioning his non-production before the court despite repeated warrants.

The DCP had failed to file a reply to his application and had refused to accept the process sent to him by court. The Judge said the DCP’s action showed a lack of regard and directed him to appear in person in court.