New Delhi: There was ample evidence for ordering prosecution of 13 accused under anti-terror law for their association with banned Indian Mujahideen terror outfit and role in 2008 Delhi serial blasts, a local court was told on Wednesday.
Deposing as a prosecution witness, Sub Divisional
Magistrate (Civil Lines) Ashish Kumar said "it is incorrect to
suggest that the order for the prosecution of the 13 was
passed without any material to suggest that accused persons
had any link with the terrorist organisation."
Kumar, as Deputy Secretray in the Home Department of
Delhi government, was deposing before Additional Sessions
Judge Narinder Kumar. He had given the sanction to prosecute
the 13 militants as the competent authority to do so.
The SDM also denied the reference to the Lieutenant
Governor for sanction was forwarded mechanically without
mentioning a specific role of any of the accused.
"There were officers of Law Department and Home
Department of Delhi government who also dealt with the file
while forwarding the reference to the competent authority (for
sanction)," he said.
All the accused are facing trial under various sections
of Indian Penal Code including those concerning waging war
against the government of India, criminal conspiracy and
murder and under various provisions of the Explosive
Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
A series of blasts rocked the national capital on
September 13, 2008, killing 26 people and injuring 135 others.