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MIM leader's voice recorded, custody extended

Posted on Feb 05, 04:15PM | IANS

Hyderabad, Feb 5 : Forensic experts Tuesday recorded the voice of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi in a court, which also extended his judicial custody till Feb 19 in a hate speech case.

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 Feb 19. The police later shifted him back to jail in Adilabad, about 300 km from here and 90 km from Nirmal.

Akbar Owaisi was arrested Jan 8 for making a hate speech at a public meeting in Nirmal Dec 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.

The MIM leader was also produced before a court in Nizamabad Jan 24 in another case of hate speech booked in that town. A court in Nizamabad is set to pronounce later in the day orders on his bail petition and also on police's request for permission to record his voice.