Delhi HC blast: Trial against Wasim Akram Malik to commence from Monday

The trial against Wasim Akram Malik, arrested by NIA for his alleged role in the Delhi High Court attack last year, will commence in a court here tomorrow.

District judge H S Sharma, who had framed charges against Malik under the provisions of the stringent anti-terror law and the IPC, will start recording the evidence in the case.

The court had paved the way for trial against Malik saying there was prima facie evidence against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosive Substance Act and the IPC for the September 7, 2011 terror attack at the high court's reception in which 15 people were killed and 79 were injured.

The court has framed charges against Malik for offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 440 (mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (causing hurt) and 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the IPC.

Charges were also framed under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substance Act.

The court, however, had declined National Investigation Agency's plea to prosecute Malik under the stringent charge of waging war against India saying that merely because an email referring to the release of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru was sent by the accused after the blast, it does not mean that an offence against the state was committed.

The NIA had moved the high court on September 18 against the trial court's order to drop the charge of waging war against India. The high court has issued notice to Malik seeking his response on the NIA's plea.

The court, while framing the charges against Malik, had referred to the statement of Amir Abbas Dev, who was arrested by the NIA for his alleged involvement in the case but had later turned approver and was granted pardon by the judge.

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