Ban on publishing details of probe in Hyderabad blasts case

Hyderabad BlastThe NIA court has given directions to print and electronic media not to publish any proceedings without its prior permission. (PTI)

A special court has banned the publication of details of probe into the Hyderabad twin blasts of February 21, in which Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal is the key accused.

The National Investigation Agency court in Hyderabad issued the prohibitory order against publishing of probe details by media houses, an official release said.

The court gave directions to print and electronic media not to publish any proceedings without its prior permission.

Ahmed Zarar alias Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akthar alias Haddi, who were arrested along the Indo-Nepal border in August, and their associates of Indian Mujahideen are prime accused in the case.

In its order, the NIA special court observed "...it is just and necessary to give direction to the print and electronic media not to publish any of the proceedings in this case in RC No. 1/2013 and RC 2/2013 of NIA, Hyderabad including the publishing and telecasting in any manner touching the documents of on going investigation of this case without prior permission from this Court."

The print and electronic media are advised to note the directions of the court for compliance.

The NIA petition said that there is "likelihood of causing disappearance of evidence by the absconding accused" in order to defeat the purpose of investigation.

"There is every possibility of danger to the lives of the witnesses in this case from the absconding accused and their associates. Therefore, it is just and necessary to pass restraining orders against the print and electronic media from publishing and telecasting of proceedings of investigation without the permission of the court," it said.

Citing the NIA Act, the petitioner said the court can give directions for holding the proceedings in-camera and in writing if it is satisfied that the life of witnesses are in danger and for keeping the identity and addresses of such witnesses secret.

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