The National Investigation Agency (NIA) would now be able to compare the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other material pertaining to the blasts of Ajmer, Modasa, Malegaon and Mecca Masjid with Samjhauta blast's sealed material, as desired by it, so to unearth larger conspiracy.
This has been made possible by the Punjab and Haryana high court dismissing the petition filed by Samjhauta Blast's accused Naba Kumar Sarkar and Swami Aseemanand challenging orders of Special Judge (NIA), Panchkula dated August 17. As per the Panchkula NIA court's orders, NIA was permitted to unseal the seized material of the Samjhauta blast case in the presence of counsels for the accused and after comparison to reseal the same.
The directions came from the bench headed by justice SS Saron on Friday, during the resumed hearing of the case.
The blast in the Attari Express (Samjhauta) train in Panipat, Haryana on the intervening night of February 18/19, 2007 has caused fire in the train resulting in the death of 68 passengers and injuries to 12 persons.
Dismissing Aseemanand's while upholding Panchkula NIA court's order, the bench held that the process would not lead to re-investigation of the case, as asserted by Aseemanand, but in carrying the investigation further.
The bench also issued directions to the Panchkula NIA court to again fix the dates for comparison of blasts' material by experts of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad. Next date of hearing in the Panchkula NIA court is on September 13.
In its earlier orders dated August 17, the NIA court had allowed permission to NIA to unseal the seized material of the Samjhauta blast case on August 21 and 22 at NIA camp office, Panchkula.
Aseemanand in his petition had mentioned that investigating agency's application is a clear cut case of creating evidence against him.
Earlier, the NIA had informed the high court that various other trial courts at Mumbai, Hyderabad and Jaipur have already granted it the permission for making comparison of material objects found at the blast sites and the exercise of initial comparison at all three places has been done by experts of CFSL, Hyderabad.