New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the
plea by the accused in 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case and
transferred the matter to a judge who had completed hearing
arguments last year.
District and Sessions Judge G P Mittal put the matter
for further proceedings for September seven in the court of
Additional Sessions Judge S P Garg.
Anwar Khan, counsel representing the accused, submitted
that Garg had conducted the trial in the matter and had almost
completed hearing arguments in June 2008 when he was
transferred as a special CBI Judge.
The matter was later heard by ASJ M K Nagpal, who had
heard the 13-year-old case for quite some time, before he was
transferred. Another Sessions Judge Chandra Gupta succeeded
him, he submitted.
The prosecution, which was issued a notice on August
27 on the plea by the accused, submitted that Nagpal had still
not concluded hearing the arguments and so there was no harm
if the matter was transferred to another sessions judge.
As many as 10 people, including a woman, all hailing
from Jammu and Kashmir, are facing trial for allegedly
carrying out the blast at crowded Central Market in Lajpat
Nagar in south Delhi on the evening of May 21, 1996.
Thirteen people lost their lives in the blast in which
39 others were injured and 14 buildings destroyed.