Antilia Case: NIA seeks additional time of 1 month to file chargesheet, says witnesses threaten
The NIA said that the accused who have been arrested so far are very dangerous people. 4 to 5 witnesses have been threatened in such a way that they are extremely scared
The National Investigative Agency, which is probing the country's famous Antilia explosives and Mansukh Hiren murder case, has made a big claim in the special court. The NIA told the court that being a high-profile case, four to five witnesses related to this case are being threatened. This disclosure was made by the NIA in the court when the NIA was seeking an additional time of 30 days to file the chargesheet in the Antilia Explosive Case and Mansukh Hiren Murder Case.
The NIA also told the special court that a contract worth Rs 45 lakh was given by the accused for the murder of Mansukh Hiren. The accused in Mansukh's murder felt that he was the weakest link in their Antilia case.
Witnesses provided police protection
NIA counsel Sunil Gonsalves told the special court that the accused who have been arrested so far are very dangerous people. 4 to 5 witnesses have been threatened in such a way that they are very scared. Many witnesses are not coming forward to record their statements, police protection has been provided to those witnesses. Advocate Sunil told that a family has been threatened to such an extent that for the safety of their families, they even canceled their pre-scheduled trip. The NIA told the court that the statements of some additional people have also been recorded in this entire episode.
Time is given for 2 months to file chargesheet
Significantly, on June 9, the special court had given two months to the National Investigating Agency to file the chargesheet in the Antilia episode and Mansukh murder case. As soon as the NIA applied for additional time in the court, the counsel for the accused demanded a stand on it and a hearing.
The NIA also told the special court that statements of around 150 witnesses have been recorded so far in the Antilia episode and the Mansukh murder case. About 60 panchanamas have also been done in this case. The statements of the witnesses have been recorded under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Apart from this, the evidence collected is being scrutinized. In the coming September month, NIA will file 4 seats of this entire case in the special court.
The CCTV footage recovered in this case is in Terabyte, which is taking 1 to 2 days to download. Advocate Sunil Gonsalves told the court that the accused did not use their phones, besides it is very important to carefully study the tower location, call details, important documents and scout. The accused never cooperated in the investigation. The accused policeman is a trained policeman so he knows how to divert the investigation. The hearing on whether to give additional time to the NIA to file the chargesheet will continue on August 4.