New Delhi: The Delhi sessions court on Tuesday will hear the arguments over framing charges against Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar, in connection with the September 2008 Delhi serial blasts case.
Earlier, Bhatkal claimed that the allegations by the Special Cell of Delhi Police of him hatching a conspiracy for carrying out the blasts, was unsustainable. He refuted the allegation 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.
The Patiala House Court earlier in May, heard Bhatkal’s plea challenging 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 reply told the court that there was no solitary cell in the jail, adding that Bhatkal was kept under surveillance since there are several cases pending against him.
Bhatkal, who was sentenced to death along with four others for 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 stated that his solitary confinement would result in the contempt of court.
At least 17 people, including a pregnant woman, were killed 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.