Delhi blasts: Prosecution of accused sanctioned

A Delhi court trying the 2008 serial blasts in the capital was on Wednesday told that there was proper sanction for prosecution of 13 accused.

New Delhi: A Delhi court trying the 2008
serial blasts in the capital, allegedly involving terrorists
of Indian Mujahideen (IM), was on Wednesday told that there was
proper sanction for prosecution of 13 accused under the
anti-terror law.
"The matter was processed through proper channel and was
put before competent authority, office of Lt Governor of NCT
of Delhi," Ashish Kumar, SDM, Civil Lines, who was then posted
as Deputy Secretary (Home-II), NCT, told Additional Sesssions
Judge Narinder Kumar.

The SDM, who was testifying as a prosecution witness in
the case, said that on December 1, 2008, he had received
records from Delhi Police for obtaining sanction for accused
Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmad, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saquib Nisar and Mohd
Shakeel under section 195 CrPC and Section 45 of Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act.
He said the matter was put through proper channels before
the office of Lieutenant Governor and after receiving file
from the Secretariat of Lieutenant Governor having approval of
competent authority, he issued sanction order dated December
15, 2008 and forwarded it to the Police Commissioner, DCP
(Special Cell) and DCP (Headquarters).

Kumar also said another similar sanction by a February
26, 2009 order was forwarded to the police for accused
Kayamuddin Kapadia, Mohammed Sadique and Mohammed Hakim.

Besides these, other accused in the case were Mohammed
Mansoor Ashgar Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Sheikh, Asif Bashiruddin,
Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Shahzad Ahmed.

Kumar`s further examination was, however, deferred after
the Public Prosecutor told the court that he has not brought
complete records.

"Further examination deferred on request of Additional
Public Prosecutor that the concerned clerk for Home Police II
has not brought complete records," the court said.

Another prosecution witness to be examined today was A
Dey, Principal Scientific Officer of CBI`s Central Forensic
Science Laboratory. He too could not be further examined for
not bringing certain original records.

The trial of the case is being conducted via video-
conferencing as 11 of the 13 accused are lodged in Sabarmati
jail in Gujarat while two are lodged in Tihar Jail.

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 had rocked the national capital on
September 13, 2008, killing 26 people and injuring 135 others.