Mumbai: The trial in the July 11, 2006
serial train blasts case was on Tuesday adjourned till August 12
after four accused failed to appoint a lawyer to defend them.
The four accused-Kamal Ansari, Mohammad Ali, Etheshaam
Siddiqui and Mohammad Maji- had on the last hearing in the
case on August 4 sought to discontinue the services of their
lawyers R B Mokashi and Khalid Azmi.
The four accused had reasoned that they were not
satisfied with their lawyer`s legal acumen.
Special MCOCA Judge Y D Shinde had then directed the
accused to appoint other lawyers to defend them.
"The prosecution had kept two witnesses present in court
for being examined but since the accused had not appointed any
lawyer the matter was adjourned till August 12," special
public prosecutor Raja Thakare said.
The court is conducting trial against 13 arrested accused
allegedly belonging to the banned Students Islamic Movement of
India (SIMI) under the stringent provisions of MCOCA.
On July 11, 2006, RDX laden bombs had ripped the first
class compartments of seven suburban trains within a span of
ten minutes killing 187 persons and injuring 800 others.