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Sabarmati Express blast: Kashmiri man locked in UP jail to be freed after 16 yrs

A bomb blast occurred in the Sabarmati Express in UP’s Barabanki district on August 14, 2000. Kashmir resident Gulzar Ahmed Wani was arrested from New Delhi on July 31, 2001, and named an accused in the case..

india Updated: Apr 25, 2017 23:43 IST
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Supreme Court granted bail to Kashmir resident Gulzar Ahmed Wani who has been behind bars for 16 years.(HT File Photo)

It was a shame on the part of police to insist on judicial custody of an accused in the Sabarmati Express bomb blast, languishing in a UP jail for 16 years without bail, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

It also fixed a date in November for his release even if trial is incomplete.

“It is a matter of shame. He has been acquitted in 10 out of the 11 cases but still you want him to be in jail without bail,” a bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and justice DY Chandrachud told counsel for UP government, who opposed bail of Kashmir resident Gulzar Ahmed Wani.

Wani will be released on bail on November 1 subject to conditions to be imposed by the trial court, the SC said. So far only 76 of the 96 prosecution witnesses have been examined.

A bomb blast occurred in the Sabarmati Express in UP’s Barabanki district on August 14, 2000. Wani was arrested from New Delhi on July 31, 2001, and named an accused in the case.

The prosecution had also accused him of being a conspirator in 10 other case of explosions in Agra, Kanpur, and India Gate in Delhi prior to 2000. But he Wani was acquitted in all other cases.