Sends application to Delhi court from Tihar Jail

Journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, suspected of alleged involvement in the bombing of an Israeli diplomat's car, has written to a Delhi court from Tihar Jail alleging that while in police custody, he was forced to sign some papers without being allowed to read them.

In a handwritten application, sent to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav, Mr. Kazmi said: “I was forced to sign papers which were not given [to me] for reading. I was also made to sign on blank papers.” He also alleged he was threatened by investigators with consequences for his family if he did not oblige.

Meanwhile, an application was moved on behalf of Alon Yehoshua, the husband of Isreali diplomat Tal Yehoshua, who was injured in the attack, seeking the release of the damaged car and permission for surveying the damage caused to assess the insurance claim.

Mr. Yehoshua said he was the owner of the car and that a surveyor who was appointed by the insurance company was not able to assess the car, as the Special Cell said the court's permission has to be taken before inspecting the car. The matter will be taken up on April 19.

Meanwhile, the court has asked the Special Cell to file a detailed reply on April 19 to the defence counsel Gajinder Kumar's plea that the names of all officers who interrogated Mr. Kazmi be made available to the defence.

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