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Ayodhya case: Remand of 5 accused extended

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 18:40 IST

A court on Tuesday extended the judicial remand of the five persons accused in the Ayodhya blast case by 14 days to facilitate arrangement of defence counsel for the accused.

District and Session Judge RP Shukla fixed the next date of hearing as September 20.

The district judge has written to the District Magistrate, Faizabad, to arrange a defence counsel for the five accused, and provide the counsel with adequate security, according to senior government standing counsel OP Sinha.

The court has also written to the President of Faizabad Bar Association to cooperate in the appointment of "amicus curiae" for the accused.

Sinha said one of the accused Dr Irfan Khan submitted an application to the court that he has asked an advocate to plead his case as defence counsel, and his reply was awaited.

The court extended the remand to facilitate arranging some defence counsel to appear in the court for the accused.

Sinha said the court has also written to the Allahabad High Court to make necessary arrangement for a defence counsel.

All the five accused, Dr Irfan Khan, Mohammed Aziz, Mohammed Naseem, Mohammed Shakeel and Asif Iqbal were brought to the court tight security from Naini central jail, Allahabad.

The five were arrested in connection with the Ayodhya bomb case of July 5, 2005 when five terrorists were shot dead by security forces in the Ram Janambhoomi Babri Mosque complex.