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Centre may consider special courts for Azamgarh terror accused

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 00:20

New Delhi: The Centre may consider setting
up special courts to ensure speedy trials of terror suspects
from Azamgarh in the backdrop of a demand made by Congress
general secretary Digvijay Singh.

Singh today met Home Minister P Chidambaram and raised
concerns about five additions made in the accused list of the
Batla House encounter, official sources said.

The Congress leader, accompanied with fathers of two
accused in the encounter who are on the run, met the Home
Minister to demand clubbing of 26 cases against terror
suspects from Azamgarh to ensure speedy trial.

"We may consider setting up of special courts in
different states to speed up trials," a senior home ministry
official said.

The Home Minister assured the delegation that he would
seek legal opinion on the matter from the Law Ministry and
will take a decision after that, the sources said.

Singh has made several recent trips to the district,
including one after the arrest of Shahzad Ahmed in connection
with 2008 Delhi serial blasts.

He also met the families of two Muslim youths who were
killed during the Batla House encounter. Singh had also
requested AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to visit the
area and interact with the students.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 00:20
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