Delhi High Court blast: Charges filed against six (Lead)

March 13th, 2012 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Tuesday named six accused in a chargesheet filed here in connection with the 2011 Delhi High Court blast that killed 15 people.

The chargesheet, filed during in-camera proceedings, named Amir Abbas Dev and Wasim Akram Malik, who were arrested in September, and are in judicial custody. The six accused includes a minor.

“Wasim Malik, an avid internet user, is one of those leaderless jehadis who conspired and executed this cowardly and inhuman terrorist action in conspiracy with the terrorists of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and other outfits,” said the NIA.

The others named are Malik’s brother and alleged Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Junaid Akram Malik, Shakir Hussain Seikh alias Chota Hafiz and Amir Kamal. They are absconding.

NIA special hudge H.S. Sharma listed the matter for Wednesday for taking cognisance of the chargesheet and issued non-bailable arrest warrants against the absconding accused.

The NIA booked them under sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, waging war against the state, conspiracy to wage war against the country, murder and attempt to murder among other charges.

The agency also charged them under the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The NIA has cited names of around 200 prosecution witnesses, a probe agency official told reporters outside the court.

The evidence were collected from several sources such as internet service providers and telephone service providers and from far flung areas, he said.

The NIA told the court that requests were sent to the US for providing evidence related to the case under a mutual legal assistance treaty.

Fifteen people were killed and 79 injured in the Sept 7, 2011 blast outside Gate No.5 of the Delhi High Court.

The minor accused sent an email claiming responsibility for the blast.

The NIA told the court that investigations were going on in respect of Abu Bilal and Abu Saifullah who reportedly planted the bomb and it could file a supplementary chargesheet later.

–Indo-Asian News service

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