NIA opposes bail plea of 2007 Samjhauta blast case accused

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 22:28 IST

The National investigation agency (NIA) has opposed the bail plea of Kamal Chauhan, an accused in the Samjhauta blast case of 2007.

The investigating agency on Friday told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday that during the investigation it came to light that criminal conspiracy to set off blasts in train by planting IEDs/bombs was hatched and executed by a group of accused persons, including Kamal Chauhan.

Of the total eight accused, four have been arrested, one is dead while three are at large. The NIA special court of Panchkula has examined 184 witnesses so far out of the total 299. During the investigation, he had confessed to planting bombs, the NIA has told the court further stating that in view of the gravity of offence in which 68 persons got killed and three accused are absconding and role and complicity of Kamal Chauhan, the order of special NIA court Panchkula may be upheld and bail plea dismissed.

Chauhan is in judicial custody and lodged in central jail, Ambala, for the past four years. He has approached Punjab and Haryana high court against the February 2015 order of special judge NIA court, Panchkula, wherein he was denied bail.

A resident of Madhya Pradesh, Chauhan had submitted before the court in his bail plea that his name did not figure in the FIR.

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