A Delhi court on Saturday ordered framing of charges against 13 suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists involved in plotting serial blasts in the national capital which claimed 26 lives on September 13, 2008.
However, one of the accused, Salman, was discharged with Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann saying there was no material evidence pointing to his involvement.
Besides the killing of 26 people, the blasts had left 135 people injured in Delhi.
The court will frame charges against the accused on February 21. The charges will be 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.
Out of the 13 accused, 11 are now lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad for their alleged involvement in the blasts there.
Five cases were registered in connection with the serial blasts at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place, M-Block Market in Greater Kailash and recovery of bomb near India Gate.
Among the 14 accused, five men were arrested by Delhi police following an encounter at Batla House in Delhi on September 19, 2008.
Of the remaining, four were apprehended by Mumbai police, three by Uttar Pradesh police and one each by Hyderabad and Madhya Pradesh police.
Delhi Police have registered the case under various provisions of different laws, including anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The court said, "Prima facie offences punishable under sections 121A/121 (waging war against the nation), 302, 307 , 427 (mischief to property) read with 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and relevant sections of the Explosives Substance Act, the IT Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act are made out against them.”