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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 19:58
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday sought a fresh response from Sabarmati jail authorities in Ahmedabad on a plea by the Delhi police to conduct proceedings against the serial blasts accused through video conferencing.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja directed the Sabarmati Jail authorities to send their reply whether video links could be established from the prison to conduct proceedings against 11 accused, lodged there, by September 29.

Earlier, the Maharashtra jail authorities had replied to a similar court query on the application of the Delhi Police which said since the accused were not being produced in the courts despite production warrants, the jail authorities may be directed to arrange their production through video conferencing in the interest of justice in the cases.

The Maharashtra jail authorities had stated that they could make available video conferencing facilities from Arthur Road jail where a few of the accused were then lodged for their case pending before a MCOCA court.

Meanwhile, the court issued fresh production warrants for September 30 against accused Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Mohd Shakeel, Zia-ur Rehman, Saquib Nissar, Quamuddin Kapadia and Mohd Sadiq Sheikh, who are in Ahmedabad, for investigation into their alleged role in serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26 last year.

A series of blasts had rocked the national capital on September 13 last year.

Other accused, Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy, Mobin Kader Sheikh, Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Asif Basir Sheikh, who are accused of sending terror emails to different media organisations just minutes before the serial blasts, were also issued production warrants for September 30.

They have also been lodged in Sabarmati jail for their alleged role in Ahmedabad serial blasts.

Of all the accused, only Mohd Hakim, who is lodged in Tihar jail here, was produced before the court which sent him to judicial custody till September 30.

Delhi police have already filed five chargesheets in as many cases registered in connection with the serial blasts in the national capital on September 13 last year which had claimed the lives of 26 persons and left over 135 others injured.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 19:58

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