Court examines school principal to ascertain age of IM suspect
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Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010, 21:55
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday examined a principal of a school to ascertain the claim of a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, who was arrested in connection with serial blasts here in 2008, that he was a minor at the time of the incident and be tried under milder penal law.

"As per the records, the accused was admitted in Shri Mahadev Inter College, Sikraur, in Azamgarh and his date of birth certificate is October 3, 1992," the principal testified before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja.

The teacher, however, failed to produce any original document regarding the admission of the IM suspect in the institute.

"The records pertaining to the admission are normally destroyed after a period of time," he said.

Meanwhile, the court asked Rita Mandal, Principal of a Mumbai-based school, to appear and testify on April 20 on the issue of date of birth of the IM suspect who also studied there.

Salman alias Chotu, who claims himself to be a minor, was arrested on March six by Anti-Terrorism Squad of Uttar Pradesh Police from Siddarth Nagar for his alleged role in the serial blasts in the national capital on September 13, 2008.

The accused, in the application, had alleged he was juvenile at the time of serial blasts that had claimed 26 lives and left over 135 other injured.

He had produced a class X marksheet issued by Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board stating his date of birth as October three, 1992.

The police, however, had claimed there were contradictory reports with regard to his date of birth as the passport obtained by him on forged documents from Nepal showed it to be May 27, 1985.

The AIIMS, which was directed to constitute a medical board, had opined that his age was between 25 and 26.


First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 21:55

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