Lajpat Nagar blast: Court transfers case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 01, 2009, 20:13
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the plea by the accused in 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case and transferred the matter to a judge who had completed hearing arguments last year.

District and Sessions Judge G P Mittal put the matter for further proceedings for September seven in the court of Additional Sessions Judge S P Garg.

Anwar Khan, counsel representing the accused, submitted that Garg had conducted the trial in the matter and had almost completed hearing arguments in June 2008 when he was transferred as a special CBI Judge.

The matter was later heard by ASJ M K Nagpal, who had heard the 13-year-old case for quite some time, before he was transferred. Another Sessions Judge Chandra Gupta succeeded him, he submitted.

The prosecution, which was issued a notice on August 27 on the plea by the accused, submitted that Nagpal had still not concluded hearing the arguments and so there was no harm if the matter was transferred to another sessions judge.

As many as 10 people, including a woman, all hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, are facing trial for allegedly carrying out the blast at crowded Central Market in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi on the evening of May 21, 1996.

Thirteen people lost their lives in the blast in which 39 others were injured and 14 buildings destroyed.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 01, 2009, 20:13

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