New Delhi: Paving the
way for trial, a special court here Monday framed terror charges
against an accused involved in a blast outside the Delhi High
Court in 2011, sources said.
National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Judge H.S. Sharma,
during the in-camera proceedings, framed charges against Wasim
Akram Malik. His trial will begin Oct 15.
Fifteen people were killed and 79 injured Sep 7, 2011 in the
explosion outside gate number 5 of the court complex.
The court Sep 4 found sufficient evidence against Malik under
terror charges and penal provisions dealing with criminal
conspiracy, murder and attempt to murder, the sources said.
"In my view, the prosecution has collected sufficient evidence to
frame charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 440
(mischief committed for causing death) 436 (mischief by explosive
substance), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 325
(voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 323 (voluntarily causing
hurt) of the Indian Penal code and under section 4 (explosion used
to endanger human life) of the Explosive Substances Act," the
Malik, who is in judicial custody, is the first accused against
whom the charges have been framed in the case.
The court, however, dropped against him the charges dealing with
waging war against the state and conspiracy and collecting arms to
wage a war against the country. The NIA moved the high court
challenging the trial judge's decision to drop these charges.
The NIA in March filed a charge sheet against six accused,
including a minor. Malik and another accused, Amir Abbas Dev, were
arrested in September 2011.
Amir Abbas Dev has turned approver in the case and is in judicial
custody. The other accused in the case are Malik's brother and
alleged Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Junaid Akram Malik, Shakir
Hussain Seikh alias Chhota Hafiz and Amir Kamal. They are on the
"Wasim Malik, an avid internet user, is one of those leaderless
jehadis who conspired with the terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen
and other outfits and executed this cowardly and inhuman terrorist
action," the NIA said.