Aurangabad arms haul case: Accused seeks speedy trial

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 00:25

Mumbai: One of the accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case has moved the Bombay High Court claiming that trial court is giving precedence to Mumbai serial train blasts
case, which took place later in point of time.

Both the cases are being heard by special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court, but petitioner Dr Shabbir Ahmed, who is in jail for over four and half years,
has said in the petition that Special court is busy with train blasts case.

"This violates his right to equality, and to speedy trial," Shabbir`s lawyer, Advocate Sushant Kunjuraman said. The petition seeks a stay on the train blasts trial, or a
simultaneous trial of both the cases. If this is not possible, the arms haul case should be transferred from the court of MCOCA judge Y D Shinde, it prays.
Shabbir and 20 others were arrested by Anti-terrorism squad in May 2006, and arms were recovered from them. In July, the special court, following applications from accused, had assured that charges will be framed against them during the next hearing on August 13.

However, on that date the special judge informed that the court was very busy with the train blasts case. High Court is expected to hear petition next week.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 00:25

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