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7/11 accused file application for dismissal of their lawyers

Four arrested accused in the July 11, 2006 serial train blasts case Wednesday filed an application before the special MCOCA court stating that they want to dismiss the two lawyers defending them.



Mumbai: Four arrested accused in the July 11, 2006 serial train blasts case Wednesday filed an application before the special MCOCA court stating that they want to dismiss the two lawyers defending them.

The four accused - Etheshaam Siddiqui, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Majid and Kamal Ansari - told special MCOCA judge Y D Shinde that they want to dismiss their lawyers and appoint new lawyers to defend them.

The accused, however, did not specify any reason for the dismissal. They were being defended by criminal lawyers R B Mokashi and Khalid Mohammad.

The matter has been now adjourned till August 10 when the court will continue recording the evidence of prosecution witnesses.

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 ripped the first class compartments of seven suburban trains within a span of ten minutes, killing 187 persons and injuring 800 others.

The Supreme Court had in February 2008 stayed the trial after one of the accused moved the court challenging the constitutional validity of a section pertaining to insurgency
in MCOCA.
In April this year, the SC dismissed the petition and vacated the stay on the trial following which the trial resumed in the special MCOCA court here in May.

Lawyers for all the accused were appointed by Jamiat-e-Ulema, a Muslim organisation.

PTI

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