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Mumbai terror attack: Prosecution to issue NBWs

Source: PTI
June 21, 2009 20:30 IST
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After obtaining addresses of 35 absconding accused, including JuD chief Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, in the Mumbai terror attacks case from the Centre, the prosecution is all set to move a special court for issue of non-bailable warrants against them.

"The addresses of absconding accused have been provided to the investigating agency by the Government of India... They are expected to be filed in the court tomorrow, paving the way for issue of non-bailable warrants," an official said.

Confirming this, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told PTI, "we have complete addresses of prime absconding accused and shall provide them to the court for issue of NBWs."

Earlier, the court had not issued warrants because of incomplete names and addresses of the accused. It has asked the prosecution to provide complete addresses.

In the November 26 terror attacks case, however, most of the absconding accused are believed to be in Pakistan and if the court issues warrants against them, then the Government of India will have to approach the authorities in neighbouring nation through Interpol for execution of warrants.

Asked if the absconding accused would be sent to India for trial if they were arrested by the Interpol, Prosecutor Nikam refused to comment.

However, the accused will be declared as proclaimed offenders, if they do not respond to the NBWs, the official said.

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