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The Supreme Court Monday rejected a plea seeking the transfer of investigations into the July 13, 2011 Mumbai triple blasts from the Maharashtra Police to the CBI.

The petition was filed by Taquee Ahmed, whose brother Naquee Ahmed was arrested for the blasts, which killed 27 people and left 130 injured.

An apex court bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice S.S. Nijjar rejected the plea and described it as premature as there was reason for the petitioner’s apprehension that he would be implicated in the case.

The apex court Feb 14 restrained police from arresting Taquee Ahmed.

The petitioner sought the transfer of investigation from the anti-terrorism squad (ATS)of Maharashtra Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehending that police may implicate him in the case.

The court rejected the plea after senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the Maharashtra Police, told the court that as of now “there was no proposal to arrest him. If a situation arises, we will give him 48 hours’ notice”.

Taquee Ahmed’s counsel told the court that his client was under surveillance. As he said that police had taken away the petitioner’s laptop, the court was told that taking away the laptop was within the legitimate powers of police.

Naphade told the court that the “purpose of the petition was to stall the investigation so that evidence disappear. All the allegations in the petition were vague and false and if investigations are transferred on such pleas then no police would be able to work”.

Taquee Ahmed lives in Abu Fazal Enclave in south Delhi. The neighbourhood witnessed high drama Feb 13 when Maharashtra Police reached his residence to serve a notice on him to join the investigation in the triple blasts case.

He refused to accompany Maharashtra Police to Mumbai and insisted that Delhi Police should escort him.



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