With the Supreme Court vacating its stay on the trial of the August 2003 blasts case in Mumbai, the prosecution is set to produce witnesses in a designated POTA court on July 27 for recording of evidence.
A total of 47 witnesses have been examined so far and 30 more will depose before the court, according to special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
Two blasts rocked the city on August 25, 2003 at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, killing over 50 people and injuring several others. The explosions occurred in taxis parked near the two places.
Of the six accused, one turned approver and his name has been kept a secret by the court on the prosecution's plea. The other five—Mohammed Hanif, his wife Fahmida, Hasan Batterywala, Rizwan Ladduwala and Ashrat Ansari—are facing trial.
Of them, Hanif and Fahmida had allegedly travelled in a taxi to the Gateway of India with RDX loaded in a bag kept in the vehicle's boot. Batterywala and Ladduwala allegedly supplied ammunition to the accused while Ashrat was involved in the conspiracy.
When the trial was in progress, Batterywalla and Ladoowala moved the review committee set up under POTA, appealing that they be discharged from the case. The panel accepted their contention and the duo moved the special court to consider their plea.