Batla House case: President forwards AWMELA’s petition to Home Ministry

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

New Delhi: The President of India Pratibha Singh Patil has sent the petition of the Azamgarh-based Association for Welfare, Medical, Economic and Legal Assistance regarding constitution of a fast track court for the Batla House case to the Union Home Ministry for proper action.

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A day after the Delhi High Court endorsed the clean chit given to the Delhi Police by the National Human Rights Commission in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter case, AWMELA, a group of eminent residents of Azamgarh, had approached the President of India on August 27 seeking her intervention in the case.

In the petition AWMELA had demanded that “in order to bring to light the truth, trial of Batla House accused should be consolidated and proceeded through a fast track court on daily basis. This is necessary in view of educated youths involved who have an unblemished record.”

The group had demanded constitution of fast track court in the case because the charge sheet in the case is so voluminous and cases are so many that it is impossible for the trial to reach natural conclusion.

“The number of cases and voluminous charge sheets will exhaust the whole life of these young Muslim boys without bringing the trial to a conclusion,” said AWMELA in the petition signed by its president Dr Javed Akhtar and demanded the President to ensure a fast track court in the case.

Last year on September 19 the Delhi Police had gunned down two Azamgarh youths – Atif Ameen and Muhammad Sajid whom the police described as terror suspects involved in the Delhi serial blasts that had occurred just a week ago. The police later arrested some other Azamgarh educated youths in the connection of Delhi serial blasts. They have been charge sheeted in the case.

Acting on the petition the Rashtrapati Bhawan has sent it to the Home Ministry and asked the petitioner to contact K C Jain, joint secretary in the ministry.