Court proceedings on day-to-day basis in blasts cases
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 18:55
  
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday decided to conduct hearings on a day-to-day basis from July 8 in the cases registered in connection with the serial blasts in the capital on September 13, 2008.

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann said the proceedings with regard to framing of charges would be conducted against 14 accused from July 8 on a daily basis.

The court's decision came on a plea by public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan, who submitted that he needed time to go through the voluminous records.

Counsel M S Khan, Iftikhar M Ansari and Jawahar Raza, appearing for different accused persons submitted that the matter could be heard on a day-to-day basis till the arguments with regard to framing of charges were concluded.

The court is conducting proceedings in the matter through video conferencing as out of total 14 accused arrested so far, 11 are currently lodged at Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad for their alleged role in serial blasts in that city on July 26, 2008.

Five cases were registered in connection with the serial blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008, which claimed 26 lives and injured over 135 people.

Meanwhile, one of accused Salman filed an application before court alleging physical and mental torture in jail, which sought a response from Tihar jail authorities on June 5.

Mobin Kader Sheikh, lodged at the Central jail in Ahmedabad, alleged before the court through video conferencing that he was not being provided the books and reading materials made available by his family members. The court directed the jail authorities to act in an objective manner as mandated under jail manuals in this regard.

Delhi police had already filed the chargesheets invoking various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act against the accused, who are suspected to be members of terror group Indian Mujahideen.

A separate court had yesterday allowed a plea of Delhi police's Special Cell seeking production of three accused Mohd Arif, Mohd Arif Badruddin Sheikh and Saif-ur Rehman before it on June 25 in the blasts cases.

The three suspects are also in Ahmedabad for their alleged involvement in serial blasts there.

In an application filed before the court, the Delhi police had contended that since the names of three suspects had emerged following interrogation of other accused, they were required to be quizzed in custody.

The Special Cell which investigated the synchronised explosions in the capital had alleged that three accused supplied ball-bearings and timer device used for preparation of the bombs.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 18:55


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