Terror blast accused claims NIA approaching him in jail

On a complaint by undertrial Shahzad, an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) member, Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann sought Tihar jail authorities' report on his allegation.

The Tihar Jail Superintendent was asked to file his report on Shahzad's application by September 28.

"An application is moved on behalf of accused Shahzad that officials of NIA are approaching him in the (Tihar) jail without permission of this court. A report be called from the Jail Superintendent on this application for the date fixed," the court said.

NIA is also probing the September 7 terror attack in the Delhi High Court premises that killed 15 people and injured over 70.

The court, which had on September 14 ordered expeditious trial in the 2008 serial blasts case, today examined 19 witnesses, including six doctors of different hospitals and other victims who had sustained injuries or had lost their family members in the explosions.

The blasts, occurring in quick succession in crowded localities in four places in the national capital on September 13, 2008, left 26 people dead and 135 injured.

The doctors deposed in the court that the victims, who were brought to the hospital after the blasts, had sustained injuries due to the impact of the explosions.

The court would continue recording the statements of witnesses on September 28.

The court had ordered expeditious trial in the case taking into account the fact that there were over 750 prosecution witnesses in the five cases registered in the matter and only 29 of them have been examined so far in the last six hearings.

Five cases were registered in connection with the blasts at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road, Central Park in Connaught Place and M-Block Market in Greater Kailash. A bomb was also found near India Gate.

The court had earlier commenced the trial in the case after framing charges against 13 suspected IM modules for their alleged role in the serial blasts. They were charged with waging a war against the state and killing people.

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