Lajpat Nagar blast: Chronology of case
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Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010, 00:05
New Delhi: Following is the chronology of events in the case regarding the Lajpat Nagar market blast which left 13 people dead and 38 others injured:

* May 21, 1996: A stolen Maruti car, laden with explosives, goes off at around 6:30 pm in the crowded Central Market at Lajpat Nagar, killing and injuring scores of people.

Around 8:30 pm, an 'spokesperson' of banned Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) makes calls to various media houses to claim responsibility for the terror attack.

* May 22, 1996: Police, which initially lodged the case under tough terror law TADA, registers the matter under the IPC.

* May 24, 1996: Farooq Ahmed Khan and lone woman accused Farida Dar arrested from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir following scanning of the call details. Later, police arrest eight others.

* May 26, 1996: Special Cell of Delhi police takes over the probe.

* May 30, 1996: Investigators get the billing records of the telephone number allegedly used in calling media groups.

* June 7, 1996: Police recover arms, explosives and documents from various places in Kashmir.

* Aug 19, 1996: Chargesheet under the IPC, the Arms Act and the Explosives Act filed for the offence of murder, attempt to kill and hurt.

* Jan 2000: ASJ N K Kaushik frames charges.

* June 2006: Court concludes recording of evidence.

* Dec 14, 2009: Final arguments concluded.

* Mar 18, 2010: Court reserves its verdict.

* Mar 30, 2010: Court defers pronouncement of verdict to April 8.

* Apr 8, 2010: Court convicts six out of ten accused, fixes April 13 for arguments on quantum of sentence.

*Apr 13, 2010: After hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence, the court fixes April 17 for pronouncement of order.

*Apr 17, 2010: Court defers pronouncement.

*Apr 22, 2010: Court awards death penalty to three, life term to one besides releasing two others.


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 00:05

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