Mumbai train blasts: Retired judge`s statement recorded

A special MCOCA court recorded the statement of a retired district magistrate from Bihar who had given the sanction to charge the 13 arrested accused in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts case under the Explosives Act.

Mumbai: A special MCOCA court today
recorded the statement of a retired district magistrate from
Bihar who had given the sanction to charge the 13 arrested
accused in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts case under the
Explosives Act.

The magistrate, appearing before special MCOCA Judge Y
D Shinde, said that in January 2007 he had given sanction to
prosecute the eleven under the Explosives Act as RDX was
recovered from the residence of Kamal Ansari, one of the
accused, in Bihar`s Madhubani district.

On July 11, 2006, RDX laden bombs ripped the first-
class compartments of seven local trains of Western Railways
within a span of ten minutes killing 187 persons and injuring
800 others in Mumbai.

The court is conducting the trial against 13 arrested
accused allegedly belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

In February 2008, the Supreme Court had stayed the
trial after Ansari moved the court challenging the
constitutional validity of a section pertaining to insurgency
in Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The Supreme Court had on April 25 this year dismissed
the petition and vacated the stay on the trial.

PTI

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