2012 saw courts doubting its power under anti-terror law
As the Delhi Police went about catching many wanted terrorists involved in strikes across India, the year saw a motorcycle-borne terror module sticking an explosive on an Israeli diplomat's car and blowing it up a few hundred yards away from the Prime Minister's official residence, 7, RCR on February 13.
The terror attack led to the arrest of Indian journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi in March for his alleged role in the blast with the prosecution booking him on charges of various offences under anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Explosive Substances Act and the court denying him bail twice.
As a magisterial court, while denying him bail, also extended the probe period in the case, Kazmi moved a sessions court challenging extension of the probe period in the case beyond 90 days.
While adjudicating Kazmi's plea, the sessions court put "a big question mark" on the magisterial court's power to extend his remand under the UAPA and questioned police for continuing to produce Kazmi and others booked under the UAPA before the magisterial courts for extension of their remands.
The intricate legal point did not remain restricted to Kazmi's case alone and was raised by five Pune blast accused to contest Mumbai ATS plea for their
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