New Delhi: Journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, arrested for his alleged role in the February 13 bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat's car here, was on Tuesday denied bail by a Delhi court which said the evidence prima facie shows that he had a role to play in the terror strike.

"Suffice is to say at this stage that on the basis of call detail records of the mobile phone recovered from the applicant and the statement of witnesses, it is clearly apparent that the basis of allegations against Kazmi of conspiring with the actual assailants are there, which prima facie show that he had a role to play in this terror strike," Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said.

He also held that "the investigation is still in progress and during investigation the material collected so far unerringly discloses at this stage that Kazmi was in touch with some of the terrorists who had planned the strike in three countries simultaneously upon the diplomats of a particular country."

"Considering the gravity of offences, the severity of punishment prescribed under the law for such offences, the stage of investigation and the large scale international ramifications of the investigation, I am not inclined to admit applicant on bail at this stage.

"The application for bail is accordingly dismissed," the court said.

"From the perusal of the material it is apparent that Kazmi was in touch with the assailants, he probably got money in relation to this conspiracy as well, for which the Enforcement Directorate has already issued notice to him and his wife and he said proceedings are going on before appropriate forum," it said.

Kazmi's conusel also said that the from the material so far collected by the police, he is liable for offences punishable under section 201 and 202 IPC for failing to give information of the crime to the police, which are bailable offences.

Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan, however, vehemently opposed his bail plea saying he is charged with offences punishable with life imprisonment.

He also said that the investigation is at a very initial stage and the police is yet to form its opinion in the form of a charge sheet.

The court, before denying bail to Kazmi, perused the case diaries produced in the court by the Special Cell.
Kazmi, who claims to have been writing for an Iranian publication, was picked up by the Special Cell of Delhi Police after the probe showed he had been in touch with a suspect who is believed to have stuck the magnetic bomb on Israeli diplomat Tal Yehoshua's car on February 13.

Yehoshua and an Indian driver of the Embassy vehicle were among the four people injured in the blast.

The police had slapped on him charges under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Substances Act and carious provisions of the Indian Penal Code including attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy.