Bombay HC rejects bail plea of Aurangabad arms haul accused
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:59
Mumbai: The Bombay High court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of two accused in the 2006 Aurangabad Arms Haul case and directed the special court set up under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to expeditiously conduct the trial.

The duo pleaded that the trial has been pending since 2006 and the 21 accused were in custody.

The two -- Abdul Khan and Shareef Ahmed -- had moved the High Court by filing a petition from prison.

Both pleaded that they have been in custody since their arrest in 2006 and the trial had not progressed. There is only one judge hearing the cases registered by Anti-Terrorism Squad and prayed that another special judge was needed to hear the matters expeditiously.

Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thackeray, opposed their plea, saying "as per Government notification special judge Y D Shinde has been currently hearing the serial train blast case of 2006 on a daily basis and other trials such as Aurangabad arms haul case would follow in chronological order.

The petitioners argued that "the charges in the case had not been framed till date and the trial has been prolonged by the prosecution for no valid reason".

Prosecutor Thackeray, however, opposed the argument saying "Once the train blast trial is over the Aurangabad Arms haul case would be taken up".

Accordingly, Justice V K Tahailramani asked the prosecution to take steps to ensure the Aurangabad Arms haul trial was conducted expeditiously.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:59

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