Life term for Panther`s party leader, associate
Last Updated: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 19:18
New Delhi: A National Panthers Party leader and his associate, who were convicted for waging a war against the country and possessing RDX and illegal money in 2006, were sentenced to life imprisonment on Saturday.

The order was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge Madhu Jain who had reserved the judgement on August 27 after holding the duo guilty.

Mohd Iqbal Jaan, who contested the last Lok Sabha elections from the Baramulla constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, and Mustaq Ahmed Kallu were arrested with two kilogram RDX and Rs five lakh cash on November 27, 2006.

The court had convicted them under various provisions of IPC dealing with waging a war against the country and collecting arms and ammunition, besides other provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

During the arguments on sentence on August 27, R M Tufail and Anwar Ahmed Khan, appearing for the convicts, had sought leniency on the ground that they had a family to look after.

"Jaan has five unmarried sisters while Mustaq has a three-year-old girl, his wife and mother to take care of," they had said seeking minimum punishment.

The prosecution, on the other hand, had sought adequate punishment against both the convicts.

After the pronouncement of the verdict, Sanjay Sachdeva, former president of Delhi unit of NPP, said they would approach the Delhi High Court against the order.

According to the prosecution, both the convicts had brought two kilograms RDX from Deoband in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi for carrying out the blasts here.

The court had in its judgement rejected the contentions of defence counsel Khan who alleged both Jaan and Kallu, who came to Delhi on a business trip, were abducted from a hotel ten days before their arrest on November 27, 2006.

Jaan used to run a gas agency while Kallu had a shoe shop in Baramulla district, he had claimed.

The court had acquitted the duo of the charges of being members of Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 19:18

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