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Police seeks more time to advance arguments in blast cases

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2010 20:51 IST

Delhi police today sought more time from a court in New Delhi to start arguments on charges against suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists in the cases of the serial blasts of September 13, 2008, as they were yet to complete the probe relating to two accused.

The investigators were yet to complete probe with regard to the role of accused Shahzad, arrested on February one, while the matter regarding the age of Salman, another accused apprehended from Uttar Pradesh on March five who claimed to be a minor, was pending decision, Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan submitted before the court.

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann allowed the plea of the police and put the matter for further proceedings on April 3.

Delhi police's Special Cell are to file a supplementary chargesheet against Shahzad, who is also alleged to have opened fire on Inspector M C Sharma, killed in the Batla house encounter, six days after the serial blasts in the capital.

A separate court is likely to decide on an application of Salman, who claimed himself to be juvenile at the time of the blasts, on March 22.

The sessions court is conducting the proceedings in the five cases registered in connection with the serial blasts through video conferencing as 11 accused are at present lodged at Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad.

One Mohd Hakim lodged at Tihar jail here was however produced before the court.

A total of five cases were registered in connection with the serial blasts in Delhi which killed 26 persons and injured over 135 others on September 13, 2008.

Accused Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Mohd Shakeel, Zia-ur Rehman, Saquib Nissar, Quamuddin Kapadia and Mohd Sadiq Sheikh, who have been chargesheeted in blasts cases here, are in Ahmedabad.

Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy, Mobin Kader Sheikh, Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Asif Basir Sheikh, who are accused of sending terror emails to different media houses minutes before the serial blasts, have also been taken to Ahmedabad.

All the accused have been chargesheeted under various provisions of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.