Varanasi blast case hearing on August 10
Extending the judicial remand of March 7 Varanasi blast mastermind Mohd Waliullah by 14 more days, the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Varanasi on Thursday transferred two of the three cases to the sessions court for hearing on August 10.
Earlier, Waliullah was produced in the court of CJM PN Srivastava amid tight security.
The court ordered that two of the three Varanasi blasts cases—Sankatmochan temple blast case and Dwashshamedh pressure-cooker bomb recovery case—be transferred to the sessions court.
The police had filed chargesheet in the CJM court on July 18 in the two cases against six accused including Waliullah, alongwith a list of 63 witnesses.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) had on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against Waliullah alongwith a submission that probe against the five other accused was underway. A list of 55 witnesses was also filed by the prosecution.
Besides, Waliullah, the six accused included three Bangladeshi nationals, an accused from neighbouring Chandauli district—all of whom were absconding—and Mohd Jubair, who was eliminated by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police on the outskirts of Lucknow early on March 8.
Waliullah, a resident of Phoolpur (Allahabad), was arrested in the first week of April and the UP government had permitted he be tried for sedition.
At least 18 people were killed and over 100 wounded in the twin blasts at the Sankatmochan temple and Varanasi Cantonment railway station within a span of 15 minutes on the evening of March 7.