The Delhi High Court on Monday sought replies from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Union government by April 16 on a petition by the Malegaon blast accused Pragnya Singh Thakur's disciple, accusing the agency of keeping him in illegal confinement and torturing him.
Justice S.N. Dhingra also asked the investigating officer to explain why he summoned Ananth Brahmachari to Panchkula and Delhi on the same date for interrogation when he had no jurisdiction over the same.
Brahmachari is a witness in the case. His contention was that if the investigating agency wanted to interrogate him, it was required to visit his place.
Justice Dhingra also asked the NIA to reimburse the expenses incurred by Brahmachari on his travel from Mumbai to Panchkula and to Delhi.
Petitioner's counsel Chetan Sharma said the investigating officer had violated the fundamental rights of his client as well as the Supreme Court's guidelines for interrogating the accused.
He alleged that Brahmachari attempted to commit suicide at a guest house when he was in Delhi for interrogation owing to torture by the NIA.
Brahmachari urged the court to direct the NIA to interrogate him at Gangotri, where he was staying now, instead of in Delhi.
Keywords: Malegaon blast case