Is There a Case Against Kazmi?

The Delhi Po­lice Spe­cial Cell’s chargesheet in the Is­raeli Em­bassy car blast case is full of holes. tracks the bunglings and the flip-flops in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion


ON 6 MARCH this year, Delhi Po­lice claimed a break­through in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Is­raeli Em­bassy car blast case with the ar­rest of Syed Ahmed Kazmi, 50, a free­lance Urdu jour­nal­ist who spe­cialised in West Asian af­fairs. Apart from a shocked fam­ily, it left the me­dia fra­ter­nity be­wil­dered at the po­lice’s as­ser­tion that the ar­rest was cleared at the top level — with con­sent com­ing from the home min­istry.

TE­HELKA was amongst the first to raise ques­tions on the po­lice the­ory. Now, six months af­ter Kazmi was ar­rested on charges of con­spir­ing with the blast ac­cused, a close look at the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Po­lice Spe­cial Cell raises se­ri­ous doubts about the cred­i­bil­ity of the case.

On 13 Fe­bru­ary, a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion ripped through the car of Tal Ye­hoshua, wife of the Is­raeli de­fence at­taché, on Au­rangzeb Road, in­jur­ing her and the driver se­ri­ously. On 6 March, a week af­ter Delhi Po­lice re­vealed that they had names of the sus­pects, Kazmi was de­tained out­side the In­dia Is­lamic Cen­tre, Lodhi Road. Just hours be­fore his ar­rest, Syed Ahmed Kazmi was sit­ting in a tele­vi­sion stu­dio com­ment­ing on the build­ing ten­sion be­tween the West and Iran. Since the ar­rest, his fam­ily has been run­ning from pil­lar to post try­ing to prove Kazmi’s in­no­cence.

On the other hand, the Delhi Po­lice — that has from the be­gin­ning termed the case as hold­ing ‘in­ter­na­tional ram­i­fi­ca­tions’ — has car­ried out in­ves­ti­ga­tions that are per­plex­ing, to say the least. Whereas at first Delhi Po­lice claimed that two other sus­pects were de­tained in Bangkok on 13

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