Bengaluru serial blasts case moved to NIA special court

The 2008 Bengaluru serial blasts cases have been transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court. The High Court of Karnataka issued an order in this regard on Wednesday in exercise of its powers under section 407 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Trial in Bengaluru’s first serial blasts will continue at the NIA special court, the 49th Additional City Civil Sessions Court, from Friday onwards. The cases were being tried at the 34th Additional City Civil Sessions Court at the Central Prison, Parappana Agrahara premises.

The public prosecutor in the case had filed a memo, quoting section 22 (4) of the NIA Act, stating that even a pending or under-trial case shall stand transferred to the NIA court. The 34th Additional City Civil Sessions Court judge had forwarded the matter to the Principal District Judge for “further appropriate order”.

As many as 1,023 out of the total 2,060 witnesses in the cases have been examined so far, according to a senior advocate. The trial will continue before the NIA court from Friday onwards, the advocate said. Bengaluru police had registered nine cases pertaining to the serial blasts that rocked the City on July 25, 2008.

It could be recalled that the main accused in the serial blasts case, T Nasir, had allegedly threatened an important witness in the case outside the special court located at the Central Prison premises, Parappana Agrahara in November. An FIR was then registered at the Parappana Agrahara police station against Nasir in this regard.

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