Mulund blasts accused gets bail
Adnan Mulla, one of the accused in the blasts at Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central in 2002-03, was on Monday released on bail after the Bombay High Court found the evidence against him insufficient.india Updated: Feb 23, 2010 01:19 IST
Adnan Mulla, one of the accused in the blasts at Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central in 2002-03, was on Monday released on bail after the Bombay High Court found the evidence against him insufficient.
A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice V.K. Tahilramani granted bail to Mulla for Rs 1 lakh and two local sureties of the same amount.
He will, however, not be released immediately as the HC has stayed his bail order for four weeks to allow the government to appeal in the Supreme Court.
Mulla and 15 other accused were charged with triggering explosions at Mulund, Mumbai Central and Vile Parle in 2002-03, which claimed 12 lives and injured 141 people.
Mulla's advocate Mubin Solkar said he was detained by the police on May 5, 2003, when he went to surrender himself in another offence - for trying to restrain the police from arresting his brother-in-law, Saquib Nachan, who is the prime accused and the alleged mastermind behind the blasts.
He was not produced before the special Pota court till June 9, 2003, said Solkar.
A report was also filed by a Principal Judge of the sessions court in July 2008, which concluded that Mulla was detained by the police for 35 days as he did not agree to become witness against Nachan.
Opposing his bail, Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamath-Pai had argued that Mulla had transported AK-47 from Malegaon to Padgha village in Borivli. Mulla had also been instrumental in transporting youth to Mahuli Hills in Pakistan for acquiring arms training, said Kamath-Pai.
"(Prosecution) does not allege that appellant (Mulla) himself has undergone training of arms and ammunition and preparation of crude bombs imparted by one of the accused," the judges observed.