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Hyderabad: Forensic experts yesterday recorded the voice of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in a court, which also extended his judicial custody till February 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 February 19. Police later shifted him back to jail in Adilabad, about 30 km from here and 90km from Nirmal.
Akbar Owaisi was arrested on January 8 for making a hate speech at a public meeting in Nirmal on December 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 December 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 Rs10,000 each. IANS