Bomb scare in Antilia: Can a court order sanctioning a prosecution under UAPA be challenged?

Delhi High Court

Khushi Doshi

Published on: March 3, 2022, at 17:55 IST

A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court will consider whether the Government’s sanction order can be challenged, and if so, which Court will have Jurisdiction to hear the Petition.

The High Court was hearing a Petition filed by former Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze, who was challenging the sanction granted for his prosecution under UAPA in the Antilia bomb scare case.

Waze’s prosecution was approved by the MHA in September last year for his alleged role in the planting of an explosives-laden car near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai, as well as in the murder of auto-parts dealer Hiren Mansukh.

While Waze’s counsel, Senior Advocate Puneet Bali, argued that the Delhi High Court has Jurisdiction over the case because the order was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which falls under its territorial Jurisdiction, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi opposed the plea, arguing that the Petition can only be heard by the Bombay High Court.

The High Court has given the Centre two weeks to respond to both questions and record the relevant judgments.

The case will now be heard on April 1st.

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