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Ban on publishing transcripts

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MUMBAI: A day after television media aired tapes of narco-analysis conducted on the extradited gangster Abu Salem, prosecution in the serial July blasts case sought the court’s intervention to prohibit them from doing the same in the case of any of the 13 accused. The court upheld the application and barred the media from printing or telecasting any transcripts or audio visual material relating to the case.

Prosecutor Raja Thakre submitted the application which said “the telecast of Abu Salem’s narco-analysis leads to disclosure of names and other details of witnesses. If such an eventuality occurs in this case, it may have adverse repercussions either on the prosecution case or even prejudging the accused.”

Information collected through narco-analysis is not admissible in a court of law and is used only to aid the investigation.

The tests are conducted by administering certain drugs and making the person semiconscious.

Several activists have opposed the use of this test on accused and suspects.

Transcripts of Salem’s narco-analysis allegedly reveal the links of prominent film personalities, filmmakers and police personnel with Mumbai’s underworld.

alem also expressed the fear of being killed by Dawood Ibrahim and other gangsters.

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