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CBI fabricated evidence: Sanjay Dutt

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jul 25, 2002 at 1824 hrs IST

Harping on procedural lapses, film actor Sanjay Dutt, accused in 1993 Bomb Blast case, pleaded before a special court that evidence placed by CBI against him was "fabricated" and hence inadmissible.

Submitting final arguments before designated judge P.D. Kode on Thursday, the actor said CBI had not produced original document (in this case magnetic tapes of MTNL) to show that a call was made from his residence to prime conspirator Annes Ibrahim in Dubai prior to the 1993 explosions.

CBI had relied upon a computer printout of MTNL records to show that a call had been made to Dubai from his residence, actor's lawyers Satish Maneshinde and Farhana Shah argued.

They said even assuming the call had been made, the talks between the duo were not known and CBI had also not placed evidence to show that the Dubai number belonged to Annes Ibrahim, brother of absconding accused Dawood Ibrahim.

During 1993 communal riots, several persons visited the bungalow of Congress MP Sunil Dutt. His son, Sanjay, was also staying with him at the relevant time. It was possible that some visitor would have made a call to Dubai, the lawyers argued.

Sanjay's lawyers submitted that computer printout was not an original document and hence could not be accepted as evidence. The Indian Evidence Act also did not include within its fold computer printouts as documents.

Relying upon English laws, the judge, however, held earlier that computer printouts fell within the scope of definition of a document and hence were admissible as evidence.

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