Lajpat Nagar blast: Sentence likely today
A local court is likely to pronounce on Saturday the sentence against six militants of Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case, in which the prosecution has sought death penalty for four of the convicts.delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2010 10:49 IST
A local court is likely to pronounce on Saturday the sentence against six militants of Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case, in which the prosecution has sought death penalty for four of the convicts.
District and Sessions Judge S P Garg, who had earlier heard arguments on sentencing, has fixed the matter for pronouncement of punishment on April 17.
The court, on April 8, had convicted six out ten suspected militants of the JKIF and rapped the police for its "highly defective" probe in the case and callous attitude.
Earlier, Additional Public Prosecutor S K Dass had submitted that the four convicts, who were held guilty for heinous offences, did not deserve any leniency and be awarded death penalty.
The prosecutor also demanded the maximum prescribed sentences against Farooq Ahmed Khan and lone woman convict Farida Dar who were convicted under milder penal provisions of the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act.
The plea was vehemently opposed by the defence counsel of the six convicts.
Six members of JKIF -- Mohd Naushad, Mohd Ali Bhatt, Mirza Nissar Hussain, Javed Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Khan and woman associate Farida Dar -- were held guilty of varying roles in the case.
Except for Farooq Ahmed Khan and Farida Dar, the other four face the maximum punishment of death penalty as they have been convicted for the offences of murder, conspiracy and attempt to murder under the IPC.
The remaining four -- Mirza Iftikhar, Latif Ahmed Waza, Syed Maqbool Shah and Abdul Gani -- were acquitted of all the charges for want of sufficient evidence.
A stolen Maruti car laden with explosives went off at around 6:30 PM on May 21, 1996, in crowded Central Market at Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, killing 13 persons and injuring 38 others.
The 10 accused were arrested soon after the incident when the police traced the phone calls they made to various media houses claiming responsibility for the terror attack.