'Alok Kumar pressured me to become an approver'

Man acquitted in Hubballi terror case says

'Alok Kumar pressured me to become an approver'

Syed Sadiq Sameer, a businessman from Bengaluru, who was acquitted in the Hubballi terror conspiracy case, on Thursday said that IPS officer Alok Kumar had pressured him to become an approver.

Sadiq, along with 15 others, was acquitted in the case recently, for lack of evidence. “I was scared when the police arrested me in the case. Even before the police took me to the magistrate, Alok Kumar called me and asked me to become an approver. I refused, and I was also charge-sheeted for the conspiracy. This offer was given to me repeatedly at the CID office, as well. I was not told what I should do after becoming approver,” he said.

High Court advocate and member of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Syed Akmal Hassan Razvi, said,  “The CID police had framed charges and the court termed the investigation shoddy and casual. Many witnesses in the case were from the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, who had protested against one of the accused, Dr Asif, for making arrangements in his hostel room for prayers. The judge had also noted in the order that 14 cases were registered against the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike. The judge further doubted the seizure of the explosives stating that they could have been planted, as suggested by the defence,” he added.

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