The Madras High Court on Monday adjourned to August 3 the hearing of a criminal revision petition seeking capital punishment for Kerala-based People’s Democratic Party leader Abdul Nazar Madhani and six others acquitted in the Coimbatore serial blast cases.
The petitioner, K Vellingiri, father of one of the blast victims, had also sought enhancement of the life sentence of 43 accused, including S.A. Basha of banned Al-Umma, in the cases relating to the blasts that rocked Coimbatore in February 1998 killing over 50 people and injuring around 200.
When the petition, filed in April last, came up for hearing on Monday, a Division Bench comprising Justice S Prabhasridevan and Justice M Satyanarayana adjourned it to August 3.
The petitioner had submitted that the special blast cases Judge, Coimbatore, had erred in acquitting the accused by magnifying minor infirmities, resulting in grave injustice.
The trial court had failed to take note of the entire circumstances of the case to fix the culpability of each accused since the case was one concerning conspiracy hatched among the accused.
On the 43 accused, the petitioner said the trial court, without any basis and without considering the circumstances of the case, awarded the sentence though they were found guilty of major charges of conspiracy and murder exclusive of other offences.