Court transfers cases relating to two IM suspects
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Last Updated: Monday, May 24, 2010, 20:33
New Delhi: The cases relating to two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists, allegedly involved in the serial blasts here on September 13, 2008, were Monday transferred to a sessions court for initiating proceedings relating to trial.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Kaveri Baweja sent the files relating to Shahzad and Salman to the district judge for marking it to Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann, who is already hearing the matter relating to other accused.

The court fixed the next hearing for May 29.

The CMM transferred the cases on completion of procedural formalities to a sessions court, which is called committal (transfer) proceedings.

It was necessitated as only the sessions judge is empowered to deal with the matter involving murder, attempt to murder and waging war against the country.

The court had on May 20 directed the Delhi Police's Special Cell, which investigated the cases relating to serial blasts, to hand over copies of the chargesheets to Iftikhar Ansari, counsel for accused Salman and Shahzad.

The police had filed the chargesheets against the duo on May 15.

Both the accused had remained elusive for several months before being apprehended from Uttar Pradesh. Their names had emerged after the arrests of other accused following the Batla House encounter here on September 19, 2008.

The sessions court is likely to start hearing arguments on framing of charges against the accused from June 1.

The sessions court is conducting the proceedings in the blast cases through video conferencing as out of total 14 suspects, several are lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad for their alleged role in serial blasts there.

Five cases were registered in connection with the serial blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008 in which 26 people were killed.


First Published: Monday, May 24, 2010, 20:33

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