MIM leader Akbar’s voice recorded, custody extended

Hyderabad, Feb 5: Forensic experts Tuesday recorded the voice of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in a court, which also extended his judicial custody till Feb 19 in a hate speech case.

Another court dismissed his bail plea in another hate speech case while he got bail in a seven-year-old case of manhandling an official.

Experts of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory recorded the legislator’s voice as he has reportedly claimed during the interrogation that the voice in the video footage of his speech is not his.

Official said the voice sample would be sent to a laboratory in Chandigarh to match it with the voice in the video footage of the public meeting.

Akbar Owaisi was brought from the district jail in Adilabad to Nirmal, where he was produced before Judicial First Class Magistrate K. Ajesh Kumar.

After the recording of voice, the magistrate extended the legislator’s judicial custody till Feb 19. Police later shifted him back to jail in Adilabad, about 300 km from here and 90 km from Nirmal.

Akbar Owaisi was arrested Jan 8 for making a hate speech at a public meeting in Nirmal Dec 22. He is since lodged in Adilabad jail.

A member of assembly from Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad, he is facing charges of sedition, waging war against the nation and promoting enmity between people.

Meanwhile, in another case of hate speech, a court in Nizamabad town dismissed the legislator’s bail plea. It also allowed police to take his voice samples.

The MIM leader had made the controversial speech at a public meeting in Nizamabad on Dec 8. Police had Saturday questioned him.

Akbar Owaisi received some relief when a court in Sangareddy town of Medak district granted him bail in a case booked against him in 2005. He was directed to deposit two sureties of Rs.10,000 each.

Akbar Owaisi, his elder brother and MIM chief Asauddin Owaisi and other party leaders were booked by police for manhandling then district collector of Medak and preventing him from discharging his duties during road expansion at Mutangi village in the district.

Asaduddin Owaisi, who is also Member of Parliament from Hyderabad, was jailed for three days last month in the same case.

IANS