A court here has told the Delhi Police not to permit any other investigating agency to interrogate journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, presently in police custody for his alleged role in the February 13 bombing of an Israeli diplomat car.

Noting that while the Special Cell had “categorically denied” that any foreign agency had interrogated Kazmi but was not specific about Indian agencies like IB and RAW, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said: “This is expected that the Special Cell will not permit other investigating agencies to make the applicant (Kazmi) an experimental block.”

However, the court said there was nothing forbidding the Delhi police from sharing information with other “designated authorities” including investigating agencies of Iran and Israel.

“I do not see any bar on the investigating agency (Delhi Police) sharing information of the interrogation of the applicant (Kazmi) with the investigating agencies of other countries, particularly of Israel and Iran, as India is a signatory to the UN Convention of Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolution), 2007,” Mr. Yadav said.

However, the court did not accede to Kazmi's counsel's plea that he be present during Kazmi's interrogation. “The interrogation of the applicant in the presence of his counsel is not warranted,” said the CMM, while pointing out that he had allowed counsel to meet with Kazmi for 30 minutes daily.