NEW DELHI, Apr 21:
A suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant arrested for allegedly planning to excute bomb blasts here was today acquitted by a Delhi court.
Mukhtar Ahmed Khan, arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in June, 2007, with 1.5 kg explosives was acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge S S Rathi as the prosecution failed to prove its case.
Mukhtar was arrested on June 12, 2007, from Azadpur Sabzi Mandi in north Delhi with 1.5 kilograms of RDX, a timer and two detonators.
The prosecution case was that he had come to Delhi at the behest of LeT commander Abu Alqama based in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Abu Musab alias Tahir and Abu Hamza, the district commanders of LeT in Srinagar.
The prosecution had also alleged the explosives seized from him were meant to cause bomb blasts in Delhi at the behest of LeT commander Abu Alqama and that Mukhtar was supposed to hand over the explosives to another LeT operative in Delhi before taking the bus to Lahore.
Mukhtar’s counsel M S Khan had pointed to various loopholes in the prosecution’s theory that Mukhtar had come to Delhi in May, 2007, and stayed in a lodge near Jama Masjid till June 7, 2007, where he was being watched by the Special Cell before he disappered on the morning of June 8, 2007.
He had argued there was no coherence in the version of the police that Mukhtar disappeared all of a sudden on June 8, 2007, after which police got the information that he is arriving in Delhi with the contraband on June 12, 2007, when he was arrested.
Advocate Khan also pointed out that there was no evidence to suggest the existence of Abu Alqama, Abu Musab alias Tahir and Abu Hamza.
He also said the 1.5 kg contraband seized by the police was in different packets, out of which only 10 gm was sent for forensic opinion, which casts a shadow on the recovery alleged to have been effected from Mukhtar. (PTI)
NEW DELHI, Apr 21: