2008 blasts: Court summons against Sabarmati Jail in-charge

A Delhi court had asked to produce 11 accused in 2008 serial blast cases for framing of charges.

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court has asked the
officer in-charge of the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad
to appear before it to explain non-production of 11 accused
in 2008 serial blast cases here for framing of charges against

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann issued
the summons after the jail superintendent failed to produce
the accused despite issuance of production warrants against
"The court is constrained to summon the officer
in-charge of Sabarmati Central Jail, Ahmedabad to explain the
non-production of the 11 accused before this court despite
production warrants," the ASJ said.

The court directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police
of Delhi Police`s Special Cell to get the summons executed and
put the matter for further hearing on April 6.

The court noted that there was no reason as to why the
accused were not produced before it.

"Physical production of the 11 accused is required in
this court only for the limited purpose i.e. to record their
plea on charge and there is no reason why they should not be
produced for this purpose by the Superintendent of Sabarmati
Central Jail," the court said.

It said that the charges could not be framed in the
case till date "due to non-production of the 11 accused

The court had earlier decided to frame charges
against the accused for waging war against the state and
killing people in the September 13, 2008, serial blasts which
claimed 26 lives and left 135 others injured.

The court had discharged one of the accused, Salman,
as no material evidence pointing to his involvement in the
blasts was found.

The charges are to be framed against Mohd Shakeel,
Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Zia-ur-Rehaman, Saquib Nisar, Mohd
Sadique, Kayamuddin Kapadia, Mohd Hakim, Mohd Mansoor Ashgar
Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Sheikh, Asif Bashiruddin, Mohd Akbar
Ismail Chaudhary and Shahzad Ahmed.
Five cases were registered in connection with the
serial blasts at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road
in Connaught Place, M-Block Market in Greater Kailash and
recovery of a bomb near India Gate.

Of the 14 accused, five were arrested by the Delhi
police following an encounter at Batla House here on September
19, 2008. Four others were apprehended by the Mumbai Police,
three by the Uttar Pradesh Police and one each by the
Hyderabad and Madhya Pradesh Police forces.

Two of those involved in the blasts, Atif Ameen,
alleged leader of the Indian Mujahideen, and another suspect
Mohd Sajid, were killed in the gun battle at Jamia Nagar in
south Delhi.