New Delhi, Mar 17: Delhi Police stepped up their efforts to have extradited an Iranian national the alleged main conspirator in Delhi bombing on Israeli diplomat's car last month, to India by seeking the Interpol's help and moving a court here for his arrest warrant.
Sources said investigators approaching the CBI to seek the Interpol's assistance to bring Masod Sedaghatzadeh, currently in the custody of Malaysian police, to India as he is the head of the module which had triggered an explosion in Bangkok and believed to have guided the bombers in Delhi.
According to police, Houshang Afshar Irani, the alleged bomber who had targeted the Israeli Embassy car here on February 13, was in touch with Sedaghatzadeh. Sedaghatzadeh has been charged under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Explosives Substances Act and the IPC.
The police claimed it managed to unravel the conspiracy related to the February 13 car bomb attack on Aurangazeb Road, in which an Israeli diplomat and three others were injured, after finding out that Sedaghatzadeh was in touch with Irani.
Sources said technical surveillance and checking of his call records allegedly pointed to the involvement of an Indian journalist Syed Mohd Ahmad Kazmi (50) who was arrested on March six.
Delhi Police had yesterday initiated the process of securing an Interpol Red Corner notice against three other Iranians Houshang Afshar Irani, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr and Mohammadreza Abolghasemi who are suspected of carrying out the bomb attack and left India soon after the incident.
Investigators claimed they tracked Kazmi after finding his links with one of the Iranians who was in touch with the head of the module which carried out the attack in Bangkok. They also said the module had recceed the mission office in May last year before returning to check again in January and February.
Giving a boost to Delhi Police's efforts to get hold of Sedaghatzadeh, a Delhi court has issued an “open warrant” against Sedaghatzadeh after Special Cell of Delhi Police said he was also involved in the conspiracy of the blast.
“You (police) are hereby directed to arrest him,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said. The open warrant will authorise the investigators to take necessary action against the accused as and when they are apprehended.
The court had earlier issued open warrants against Housan Afshar, Syed Ali Mehdi Sadr and Mohammed Reza Abolghasemi. The police had told the court that the probe so far has revealed that the trio are not in Indian territory and their whereabouts remained unknown.
The blast was caused by a magnetic bomb stuck to the vehicle of diplomat Tal Yehoshua, injuring her and her Indian driver, besides two others.
Meanwhile, a Delhi court today asked the police to file an affidavit giving its response to allegations that Israel's intelligence agency Mossad was interrogating Kazmi.
Though Delhi Police denied the allegations, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav, apparently not convinced with the oral submission, wanted the cops to state on affidavit and sought the official register of the officers questioning the suspect.
On Kazmi's complaint that besides Delhi Police “Israeli officials (Israeli Intelligence Agencies, Mossad etc), are lined up to interrogate him daily and they are not in unifrom in order to hide their identity, CMM Yadav said “the reply of the Special Cell is silent about the wearing of uniform and name tags by the interrogating officers. Let a detailed reply be filed.”
He also sought to know “if any register of names of persons interrogating Kazmi is being maintained and, if not, facts be stated by way of an affidavit by officer not below the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.”
The magistrate further told the police that “he (Kazmi) is a human being and not a chatel or a property.”