High Court blast: Wasim Akram Malik faces waging war charge

Delhi High Court Blast

The Delhi High Court today ordered the trial court to frame charges of waging war against the government of India against Wasim Akram Malik for his role in the September 2011 terror strike in the high court premises.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and S P Garg allowed National Investigation Agency's plea against the trial court order, which had dropped stringent penal charge of 'waging war against the government' against Malik, who is facing trial in the September 7, 2011 attack case, in which 15 people were killed and 79 others were injured.

"The facts as alleged and material evidence relied upon and mentioned justify framing of charges under the appropriate section of the IPC," the bench said.

"Charges under section 121 (waging war against India), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121), 122 (collecting arms etc, with intention of waging war against India) and 123 (concealing existence of design to wage war) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) will be framed by the trial court," the bench added.

Accepting the NIA's argument that the intention of the accused was not to cause injury to a particular person but the public in general, it said, "We allow the present appeal and set aside para 24 of the trial court order discharging the respondent (Malik) and holding that there is no ground or material to frame charges under section 121 of IPC."

"We record and note the contention that the bomb blast was not targeted to cause injury to a particular person but (the bomb) was kept at the reception counter of the Delhi High Court which issued passes that enables litigants and others to enter the main gate of high court building.

"The object, purpose and animus as propounded and alleged has to be given weightage and cannot be discounted or rejected at this stage," the court said.

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