Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Police’s handling of cases under anti-espionage act is inconsistent

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The police’s work on cases under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) has been inconsistent. While they put in their best to secure conviction for Mazgaon resident Javed Mozawala (32), they hardly worked on a 26/ 11-related case since it concerned their own. 

    Twelve cops, including
two IPS officers, were questioned for leaking police control room conversations and contents of a log book during the 2008 terror attack. Three private news channels aired the conversations. In March 2009, inspector Dattatrey Bhargude of the crime branch lodged an FIR at the Azad Maidan police station against unidentified persons. The case was registered under the act’s sections 3 (penalties for spying), 5 (wrongful communication of information) and 7 (interfering with police or military officers).
    “There is not enough evidence to support the charges. We filed a C summary report in court and closed the case,” said additional commissioner of police (crime branch) Niket Kaushik. 
The Times of India, July 16, 2013

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