A suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist, facing trial with 12 others for their alleged role in the September 2008 serial blast in New Delhi, on Wednesday moved a Delhi court seeking permission to contest the 2012 MCD polls.
In a plea to Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar, accused Zia-ur-Rehman, who is presently lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad, sought permission to file his nomination from ward number 205 (Zakir Nagar) in New Delhi for the upcoming MCD polls.
"It is prayed that applicant (Zia-ur-Rehman) may kindly be allowed to file his nomination through Jail Superintendent, Sabarmati Jail, Ahmedabad," the application said.
It said Zia-UT-Rehman's candidature does not suffer from "any disqualification as provided under section 9 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act".
The court has listed the plea for hearing on Thursday.
A court in New Delhi in May 2011 had framed charges against Zia-ur-Rehman and 12 others suspected IM modules for their alleged roles in the 2008 serial blasts in the national capital, leaving 26 people dead and 135 injured.
The court had ordered their trial on charges of waging war against the state and killing people in the blast besides other penal provisions of the IPC, the Explosive Substance Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The charges were framed against Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Zia-ur-Rehaman, Saquib Nisar, Mohd Sadique, Kayamuddin Kapadia, Mohd Hakim, Mohd Mansoor Ashgar Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Sheikh, Asif Bashiruddin, Mohd Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Shahzad Ahmed.
Following a series of blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008, five cases were registered in connection with explosions at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place, M-Block Market in Greater Kailash and recovery of bomb near India Gate.