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Wonder why probe agencies make so many prosecution witnesses: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has wondered as to why investigating agencies "always believe in quantity" and make hundreds of witnesses to prove their charges before the court of law.

The apex court, which was dealing with a case related to the 2008 serial blasts, noticed that the has named over 1,500 witnesses in the matter.

"Why you (prosecuting agencies) always believe in quantity? In every case, there are 100-200 witnesses. Yesterday, there was an accident case in which no eye-witness was there but around 200 witnesses were named. We really wonder why so many witnesses are made," a bench comprising justices A K and said.

The general oral observations were made during the hearing on the bail plea of some of the alleged members of banned outfit Indian Mujaheedin (IM), who are facing trial in the 2008 serials blasts case.

As many as 21 explosions had rocked the Ahmedabad city in within span of one hour killing 56 people and injuring over 220.

The bench was informed that in the blasts case, which was probed by the Police, around 930 witnesses were already examined by the trial court while several others were yet to be examined.

The apex court also asked Tushar Mehta, who was representing the Police, as to whether so many witnesses were "really required" to be examined in the case.

"You have to tell us whether these many witnesses are really required to be examined," the bench asked the ASG.

Mehta said the police have themselves dropped 257 witnesses in the case but 175 "core witnesses" were required to be examined.

He said a series of blasts had rocked Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008 while 15 more bombs were found and defused in

Mehta said there were above 90 accused in the case out of which 84 were arrested and 10 were absconding.

He said out of the 84 arrested accused, only two have got bail while the rest were in jail.

Meanwhile, the appearing for the accused said that so far, 931 witnesses have been examined and none of them has said anything against the accused who were seeking bail.

The also said a trial court in has already acquitted these accused in a separate case where similar kind of allegations, including that they had allegedly went to terrorist camps for training, were levelled.

However, when the bench asked Mehta about the verdict of the court, the ASG said he would ascertain the facts and get back to the court.

The ASG told the bench there were allegations against these accused that they were earlier members of the (SIMI), but after this outfit was banned by the government, they joined the IM.

He said trial in the case was at a "crucial stage" and as per their estimate, it would take another 15 months to complete.

The bench has listed the matter for hearing on May 3 after the ASG said he would get some instructions in the matter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 11:35 IST
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