Israeli diplomat attack case: SC notice to DP on Kazmi’s bail

The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of Delhi police on the bail plea of Syed Mohammad Kazmi, a journalist, who is accused in the February 13 terror attack on an Israeli diplomat.

A bench of justice Altamas Kabir and justice J Chelameswar issued a notice to the Delhi police for September 14.

Kazmi, who is in judicial custody, had earlier moved the Delhi high Court seeking a direction to resume hearing before a sessions judge on his plea against extension of the probe period in the case.

He has challenged the High Court’s order which had said that till it decides the question of law relating to power of magistrates to deal with cases lodged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate will keep on handling such cases.

The issue had come before the High Court after a sessions judge questioned the power of a magisterial court to deal with the cases under anti-terror law UAPA.

Kazmi was arrested on March 6 for his alleged role in the Embassy car bombing. Four people were injured when an Israeli Embassy car was struck by a bomb near the Prime Minister’s official residence here on February 13 this year.

The High Court had on July 2 stayed the hearing and suspended the operation of the order of an Additional Sessions Judge who had questioned the magisterial court’s power to extend the judicial or police custody of an accused under the UAPA.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, 42, wife of Israeli Defence Attache Colonel Yossi Refaelov, suffered multiple injuries when a motorcycle rider attached a magnetic explosive device to her car and sped away.