Centre may consider special courts for Azamgarh terror accused
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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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