One of the accused in the 2006 serial train blasts has approached the Bombay High Court seeking discharge from another nine-year-old case in which he was booked for shouting slogans on court premises.
Ehtesham Siddiqui, an alleged Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) member, was arrested on September 28, 2001, after the Centre imposed a ban on the organisation.
The next day, when the Kurla metropolitan magistrate released him on bail, Siddiqui and a few others started shouting slogans on the court premises. They were immediately arrested. Siddiqui got bail in the case on October 12, 2001.
But the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) took him into custody on July 24, 2006, for his alleged role in the seven blasts that ripped suburban trains on July 11, 2006.
Between 2001 and 2006, Siddiqui used to regularly attend the hearings at the Kurla metropolitan magistrate’s court.
But after the ATS arrested him, he has not been produced before the Kurla court, Siddiqui wrote to the high court.
His letter, which has been converted into a writ petition, claims that despite an application before the lower court, he has not been given a copy of the charge sheet.
He said that as nine years have lapsed since the case was lodged and considering that he has been in custody for the last four years, he should be discharged from the slogan-shouting case.
The high court has asked additional public prosecutor F.R. Shaikh to file reply by October 1.