2008 serial blasts: Recording of evidence to resume from Sep 25

A court here has fixed September 25 for recording statements of prosecution witnesses in connection with the September 2008 Delhi serial blasts cases in which 13 suspected Indian Mujahideen members are facing trial.

Updated: Sep 15, 2013, 11:04 AM IST

New Delhi: A court here has fixed September 25 for recording statements of prosecution witnesses in connection with the September 2008 Delhi serial blasts cases in which 13 suspected Indian Mujahideen members are facing trial.

Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash, to whom the cases have been transferred by an August 3 administrative order of Delhi High Court, fixed the date after the defence counsel informed that the high court had said that evidence should not be recorded in the case till September 17.

The trial proceedings in the case have been stalled since July this year.

After hearing submissions of the lawyers for the accused, the court said that summonses be issued to four prosecution witnesses, including a retired Delhi Police Assistant Commissioner (ACP), for September 25.

"It is informed by counsel for the accused persons that there is direction from the Delhi High Court....That evidence should not be recorded in this case till September 17, 2013.

"....Put up for RPE (remaining prosecution evidence) on September 25, 2013. Let PW (prosecution witness) SI Jitender Singh, PW SI Rahul, PW Retired ACP Jagdish Malik and PW Kundan Lal be summoned for next date," the judge said.

The high court, on September 4, had stayed the recording of evidence in these cases on a plea of one of the accused that administrative order to transfer the trials to another court would cause delay and prejudice to them.

The high court had also issued notice to Delhi High Court Registrar on the plea of accused Mohd Shakeel seeking quashing of the notification ordering transfer of all the five cases, probed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police, from a sessions court at Tis Hazari to the court of ASJ Daya Prakash in Patiala House.

Advocate MS Khan, who represents seven of the 13 accused, had argued in the high court that the trial was at an advanced stage and 197 witnesses have been examined while only 30-40 witnesses were left to be examined.

The September 13, 2008 serial blasts in Delhi had claimed 26 lives and left 135 people injured.

PTI