About 23 years after a series of bomb blasts rocked six Rajdhani Express trains killing two passengers and injuring many, the Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of ten people even as it set free four.
An apex court bench of justices FMI Kalifulla and UU Lalit said the prosecution has been successful in establishing its case against 10 accused for their varying roles in the 1993 serial blasts in trains.
“We hold them guilty of the offences with which they were charged and while dismissing their appeals maintain their conviction and sentence as recorded by the Designated Court,” the bench said about the 10 person whose conviction was upheld.
The verdict came on appeals filed by 14 of the total 16 convicts under the now-repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, against the judgment passed by designated TADA court at Ajmer in 2004.
The trial court had held 14 people guilty under various provisions of the TADA and the IPC.
One of the 16 accused Irfan Ahmad had escaped from custody during the trial while another claimed juvenility which led to separation of his trial.
Bombs blasts had taken place in six Rajdhani Express trains across the country on the intervening night of December 5 and 6, 1993, in which two people were killed and several others were injured.
A blast occurred in Rajdhani Express running from New Delhi to Howrah on December 12 in the same year near Kanpur Railway station in which two persons were injured.