Govt should have struck off Khan's name from list: lawyer

"After all, why did they not check things out before issuing the list to Pakistan? His name should have been struck off the list," Farahana Shah told PTI expressing her amazement over the inclusion of Khan's name at 24th place in the list, which was made public recently.

"I am his lawyer and he is an undertrial in the 1993 serial blast case," she said.

The CBI website describes Khan as a fugitive carrying a reward of Rs two lakh.
Khan was arrested on February 7 last year after allegedly travelling abroad on passports obtained using forged documents.

Khan (51), was arrested from Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai where he was staying under fictitious name of Ferozuddin Shaikh. He allegedly played a key role in landing and distributing the explosives and ammunition, which were used during the blasts, at Kandalgoan creek.

According to CBI, Khan had confessed to his role in the blasts after which he travelled to Karachi in year 1997 and 1999.

"Khan is currently lodged in Arthur Road jail (Mumbai Central Prison)," said Surinder Kumar, Inspector General (Prisons).

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil declined to comment on the gaffe, which has caused a huge embarrassment to India.

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