Leakage of Aseemanand confessions were ‘not proper’ and was certainly in ‘bad taste’ : HC

14th April,2011

Hearing to the Devendra Gupta’s plea for registration of a criminal case to probe leakage of Swami Aseemanand”s confessions, yesterday Delhi High Court said that, the printing of the confessional statement by a magazine was “not proper” and was certainly in “bad taste”.
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However, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Bansal rejected saying that the “documents belongs to another court and not to a Delhi court” and he should approach the concerned court for this remedy.

“In my considered opinion, the courts at Delhi will not make reference for contempt because the documents belongs to another court and not to Delhi court. The complainant should approach the concerned court for this remedy,” ACMM Bansal said, dismissing Gupta”s plea.

Gupta, arrested for his alleged role in the Ajmer dargah blast case and presently lodged in Ajmer Central Jail, had moved the court seeking registration of an FIR against unknown CBI officials and some Tehelka journal scribes for leakage of Assemanand”s confessional statement to judicial magistrate.Aseemanand (59), prime accused in Hyderabad”s Mecca Masjid blast case, had in his confessional statement recorded by a magistrate here on December 12, 2010.

Earlier, the court had asked the CBI Director to file a complete report on the alleged leakage to clarify the circumstances under which the statement of Aseemanand was leaked.The investigating agency had told the court that none of its officials were involved and it was Ashish Khaitan, a journalist, who had published Aseemanand”s statement.