Lawrence Bishnoi is also an accused in the murder case of singer Sidhu Moosewala. (File)Ahmedabad:
Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi on Monday filed an application in a special court seeking a direction to the NIA not to use the words "terrorist" and "gangster" in police and court papers without "solid" evidence for him. Bishnoi is lodged in a jail in Ahmedabad in connection with a drug smuggling case. The case is being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Special Judge K.M. The Sojitra court sought the NIA's response in the case and listed it for hearing on September 22.
Bishnoi was sent to judicial custody by a court on Monday after his police custody ended in a 2022 case of recovery of drugs from a boat off the Gujarat coast.
Bishnoi is also an accused in singer Sidhu Moosewala's murder case.
In the petition filed by his lawyer Anand Brahmbhatt, Bishnoi said, "My most precious rights as a citizen of India should not be taken away by anyone. Please pass necessary orders regarding the above prayer."
Bishnoi, in his plea, said he has been behind bars for nearly ten years, and "he has been continuously falsely implicated in various cases by various investigating agencies".
"My rights as an accused have not been considered respectable before any of the concerned courts and I have been given the title of a gangster and now recently I have been given the title of a terrorist," the petition said.
Bishnoi said he had "strong objections" to anyone addressing him as a terrorist or a gangster.
Bishnoi said he loved his motherland and if he gets "justice", he will live and die for the country.
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