Akshardham case: Gujarat HC likely to give verdict today

The Gujarat High Court is likely to pronounce order Tuesday in the Akshardham terror attack case of 2002 in which a lower court has sentenced three to death.

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court is likely to pronounce order Tuesday in the Akshardham terror attack case of 2002 in which a lower court has sentenced three to
death.

On July 1, 2006, special POTA court judge Sonia Gokani had awarded Adam Ajmeri, Shan Miya alias Chand Khan from Bareilly and Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri death sentence.

While a local youth from Dariapur in the city, Mohammed Salim Shaikh was sentenced to life imprisonment, one Abdulmiyan Qadri was given a 10-year term and Altaf Hussain
was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment.
A division bench of Justices RM Doshit and KM Thakar is likely to give judgement on the appeals of six convicts against the special POTA court`s verdict.

Following the judgement by POTA court, the government had also moved the High Court for confirmation of death sentence.

Hearing in both the matters continued simultaneously and concluded in April 2008. Since then the order in the matter has been kept reserved.
The attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002 by two militants, using automatic weapons hand grenades, had claimed 32 lives which included 28 visitors to the temple, two commandos, one NSG commando and one constable of the State Reserve Police (SRP).

PTI

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