Separate trial for mentally ill Diwali bombing accused


New Delhi : A city court Thursday ordered a separate trial of Gulam Ahmed Khan, one of the accused in the 2005 Diwali eve bombings in Delhi that killed over 60 people, after a medical report said he was mentally ill.

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Additional Sessions Judge Babulal ordered a separate trial after the court considered Khan’s medical report which said he required treatment for his mental illness. Last month the court had pulled up the Tihar Jail authorities for not submitting Khan’s medical report.

Khan was admitted to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences Feb 29 and kept under observation. The court could not frame charges against Khan after he moved an application in court that he was medically unfit to face trial.

Charges have been framed against four other accused in the case.

Tariq Ahmed Dar, the alleged mastermind of the bombings, has been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 121 (waging or attempting to wage war against the government of India), 121-A (conspiracy to commit offences for waging war), 122 (collecting arms for waging war), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), Section 4 of the Explosives Substance Act and Sections 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities Act.

The other three accused – Mohammed Rafiq Shah, Mohammed Hussain Fazli, and Farooq Ahmed Batloo – have been booked under IPC sections 120-B, 307, 302 and also Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.

Three blasts rocked the national capital Oct 29, 2005, at the packed Sarojini Nagar market, Pahargunj market and in a DTC bus in Govindpuri – killing over 60 people and injuring over 100.