Mum ‘06 blasts: Official deposes before court

Former Maharashtra Additional Secretary who was the sanctioning authority of UAPA in the July 2006 Mumbai train blasts case,deposed before MCOCA court

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2011, 00:11 AM IST

Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Additional
Secretary (Home), who was the sanctioning authority of
Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the July 2006
Mumbai train blasts case, on Friday deposed before the special
Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court as a
witness in the case.

"AP Sinha, presently the Vice-Chairman of Maharashtra
Administrative Tribunal (MAT) today deposed in the court as
the sanctioning authority of UAPA", said defence advocate
Prakash Shetty.

Seven RDX bombs, kept in the first class coaches of
Mumbai`s suburban trains had exploded on July 11, 2006,
killing 188 people and injuring 817 others. The blast had
occurred between Khar Road-Santacruz, Bandra-Khar Road,
Jogeshwari -Mahim Junction, Mira Road-Bhayander, Matunga-Mahim
Junction, Borivili.

Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Dr Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37),
Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Mohammad
Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari
(34), Abdul Wahid Shaikh (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil
Mehmood Shaikh (43), Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36), Naveed Hussain
Khan (30), Asif Khan (38) were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism
Squad (ATS), while 14 other accused, including Azam Chima, are
absconding in the case.

The examination of witnesses have resumed after a span of
two years, as the apex court had stayed the trial in 2008.
Before the stay, the prosecution had already examined a police
officer. The stay was vacated on April 23, 2010.

PTI