Delhi 2008 serial blasts: Court to hear Yasin Bhatkal’s petition today


New Delhi, July 18: The Delhi sessions court on Tuesday is slated to hear the arguments over framing charges against Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his associate Asadullah Akhtar, in connection with the September 2008 Delhi serial blasts case.

Earlier, Bhatkal contended that the charges by the Special Cell of Delhi Police of him hatching a conspiracy for carrying out the blasts were unsustainable.

He denied the allegation which was levelled by the police that he purchased nails and aluminium sheets from a hardware shop at Udupi in Karnataka while his associate Asadullah Akhtar had bought cycle ball bearings from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh which were used for the blasts.Delhi 2008 blastsThe Patiala House Court earlier in May entertained Bhatkal’s plea against his solitary confinement in a high-security cell in the Tihar Jail. The court passed the order on the same.

The Tihar Jail authorities in its answer told the court that there was no solitary cell in the jail and Bhatkal was kept under surveillance as there are several cases pending against him.

Bhatkal, who was sentenced to death along with four others for his role in the twin blasts in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar in 2013, had alleged that he can’t be kept in a high-security cell as per previous rulings by the Supreme Court.

In the application moved by Bhatkal’s counsel, it was claimed that his solitary confinement would result in the contempt of court.

At least 17 people, including a pregnant woman, lost lives and 131 injured in the twin blasts in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area on February 21, 2013.

Bhatkal was listed on the NIA Most Wanted list till his arrest on the India-Nepal border in Bihar on August 28, 2013, ANI reported.

Wefornews Bureau

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