//POTA Judge adjourns trial

POTA Judge adjourns trial

Mumbai | January 30, 2006 10:37:48 PM IST
Special POTA Judge Ashok Bhangale today adjourned the trial in the twin blast case of August, 2003, following the admission of a Special Leave Petition (SLP) of one of the accused and a stay on the proceedings by Supreme Court.

Advocate Sharif Shaikh today submitted the copy of the Apex court order staying further proceedings after admitting the SLP of Mohammed Rizwan Laddowala.

The Supreme Court order was produced by the defence counsel on the directives of the POTA Court at the last hearing on January 23. Ladoowala had approached the Supreme Court after his plea for discharge from the case was rejected by the trial court and also the Bombay High Court.

The Central POTA review committee, which had reviewed such cases, had told the Maharashtra government that there was no prima facie evidence against the accused and the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) could not be applied and as such they were entitled to be discharged.

However, Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam had opposed the discharge plea of the two accused and claimed that there was sufficient evidence against them.

The twin bomb blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar on August 25, 2003, claimed 54 lives and injured over 170 people.