Lajpat Nagar Blast: Accused seek trial by transferred judge
Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 21:03
New Delhi: The accused in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case are likely to file a fresh plea before a Delhi court for transfer of the matter to a judge who was earlier conducting the trial but was recently transferred.

The accused, whose plea was earlier dismissed by District and Sessions Judge G P Mittal on the ground that their application has not been properly drafted, have decided to file another plea on the issue tomorrow.

The counsel for the accused today got fresh 'vakalatnama' (authorisation letters) for filing the plea. The accused, including key suspect Farooq Ahmed Khan, ha contented that Additional Sessions Judge M K Nagpal, who had been hearing the 13-year-old case for quite some time, has been transferred and another sessions judge Chandra Gupta has succeeded him, which would prolong the trial.

Meanwhile, ASJ Gupta today deferred recording of the statement of Parashwanath, the investigating officer, for August 26.

As many as 10 persons including a woman, all hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, are accused of carrying out the blast at the crowded Central Market in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi on the evening of May 21, 1996 which claimed 13 lives, besides injuring 39 people and setting ablaze 14 buildings.

The court, which had already concluded hearing final arguments in the case, recently allowed the prosecution's plea to examine five more witnesses.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 21:03

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