Satav also admitted that the ATS team did not visit Colombo where Baig was allegedly given training by LeT operatives Fayyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari in March 2008.
Defence lawyers A Rehman, Kaynath Shaikh and Basheer Ali Sayyad cross examined Satav for over six hours before the court of additional sessions judge N P Dhote.
Satav, who is now attached to the Crime Branch of city police, was posted at the ATS when the blast took place on February 13, 2010. Satav is the last among the 103 witnesses examined by the prosecution.
The defence lawyers told the court that the ATS did not take any prior permission from the Central government, which was necessary for the trial of an Indian citizen who commits an offence in a foreign country. The chargesheet submitted by the ATS in the Bakery blast says that Baig had gone to Colombo in March 2008, where he was trained in terror acts by alleged LeT operatives Kagzi and Ansari and there “the diabolic design to cause further terrorist activities was finalised”.
However, the Maharashtra ATS did not take permission from the Central government, claimed the defence lawyers. To this, Satav said they had taken permission from the state and had also written to the Interpol about the case. Defence counsel said the ATS did not mention in the chargesheet whether they got any reply or not from the Interpol.
“Baig’s passport shows that he did visited Colombo. From this ATS concluded that he went to Colombo for terror training. But Baig had gone to Colombo for job search and returned to India in less that two weeks as he could not find any work there,” said advocate Kaynath Shaikh.
The defence counsels claimed that Baig was actually arrested from Latur by Aurangabad ATS team on August 19, 2010 and later handed over to Pune ATS. But Satav denied this. As per the ATS, Baig was arrested from Poolgate bus stand in Pune Camp on September 7, 2010. The next date of hearing is December 31.