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IM suspect not minor: Delhi court

A court here on Wednesday dismissed a plea of a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, arrested in connection with the 2008 Delhi serial blasts, that he was a minor at the time of the incident.



New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday dismissed a
plea of a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, arrested in
connection with the 2008 Delhi serial blasts, that he was a
minor at the time of the incident and should be tried before
the Juvenile Justice Board.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja rejected
accused Salman`s plea saying it was clear after perusal of the
evidence that he was not a minor.

"It is clear after the perusal of the documents produced
and evidences placed before the court that the accused was not
a minor," the court said.

Meanwhile, the court allowed 10 days extension to Delhi
police to file chargesheet against another accused Shahzad who
was arrested in connection with the blasts on February 6.

The court had on May 3 reserved its order after hearing
arguments by Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan who submitted that
the medical board constituted by the AIIMS had opined that
Salman`s age could be between 25 to 27. The accused had failed
to produce any documentary evidence to substantiate his claim
that he was a minor at the time of incident on September 13,
2008, the prosecutor said.

Salman`s counsel Khalil A Ansari and Iftikhar Ansari,
during the argument, had criticised the opinion of the AIIMS`
medical board on the ground that four of the five doctors had
not given separate comments.

The court had recorded statements of Salman`s school
principals, one each from Azamgarh and Mumbai, and AIIMS
doctors, besides his mother to determine his age.

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

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 in Nepal showed it to be
May 27, 1985.

PTI

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