New Delhi: There are serious threats to Babbar Khalsa terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara’s life, who is presently lodged in Tihar jail for his involvement in the Beant Singh assassination case, a trial court was informed recently. The court has now ordered that proceedings in a 2005 twin blasts case against Hawara be conducted through video-conferencing. Taking note of the serious security concerns raised by Delhi police and lock-up incharge of the Patiala House Courts, where Hawara is often produced for his alleged role in the 2005 twin blasts at Satyam and Liberty cinema halls, the court said that Hawara need not be produced in court physically.
Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh passed the order on Monday when Hawara was to be produced before him to attend the case proceedings. On January 8, the special cell of Delhi police had filed an application seeking that proceedings in the case be conducted through video-conferencing while the lock-up incharge moved a similar plea on Monday. “…In these circumstances, it is directed that the accused need not be produced in court today. Production warrants be issued to produce the accused via video conferencing on 22.01.2016,” the court said, in its order passed on Monday. The case is at the stage of recording of prosecution evidence.
According to sources, police, in its plea, has expressed apprehension about Hawara’s security on grounds that a lot of people from the Sikh community gather in court whenever Hawara is brought for the hearing. People often get aggressive and raise slogans against him on seeing him, police has said. Police has also said that people from all over the country tend to come to the national Capital on days when Hawara is to be produced for the court hearings.
Hawara and some others are facing trial in the case for various offences, including that of attempt to murder under the IPC and also under provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Arms Act. The blasts had taken place on May 22, 2005 and the bombs were triggered by crude devices during the screening of Hindi film Jo Bole So Nihaal. Sixty people were injured in the twin blasts.