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Delhi serial blasts: Court awards 10-yr jail term to man

17 February 2017, 01:04 | Winifred Adams

2005 Delhi Serial Blasts

2005 Delhi Serial Blasts

All three accused were picked up in November that year and have been in Tihar jail since then.

Delhi's Patiala House court today sentenced an accused to a ten years imprisonment, while other two were let off in the 2005 Delhi serial blast case. Under this act, the maximum punishment is 10 years jail term, which he has already served, hence he will not be sent to prison again.

The court said in the absence of any evidence regarding Dar being involved in the conspiracy behind these blasts, none of the charges framed against him are made out.

He could not immediately identify the militant group, saying he was yet to read the court's judgement in detail. Two others accused with him have been acquitted. While Tariq was convicted for masterminding the attack, the other two accused were let off due to lack of evidence.

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Of the three accused of plotting and carrying out the terror strikes, two - Hussain Fazili and Rafiq Shah - were acquitted of all charges. It was not proved that Dar had hatched a conspiracy to carry out terror activities in the capital. "They only referred to markets in Delhi which do not have CCTV cameras to capture images for identification process", the court said. "It seems that the police had either caught the wrong men and missed out on the actual culprits, or they failed to gather the necessary evidence", said Kuldeep Singh, a bus driver who had saved scores of lives by evacuating passengers when he found a bomb.

On October 29, 2005, a series of blasts rocked Delhi claiming the lives of over 60 people and injuring another 210. There was also the accusation that Tariq had received Rs 14 lakh through hawala channels, but the exact objective for which it was to be utilized could not be established by the prosecution.

Dar was first arrested in Dhaka and deported in 2007. "The contents of these (telephonic) conversations therefore fall short in enabling this court to come to any definite conclusion that Dar was part of the conspiracy behind theses blasts", the court said.

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