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Delhi court rejects Lashkar charge against two

Source: PTI
November 13, 2009 18:18 IST
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A Delhi court on Friday acquitted two men of the charges of being members of the terror organisation Lashkar-e-Tayiba and possessing explosives for carrying out terror activities in the capital three years ago.

Sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma absolved Gulzar Ahmed Ganai and Mohammed Amin Hajjam of the charges under the Indian Penal Code, the Explosive Substances Act, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Ganai (23) and Hajjam (32) were arrested on December 10, 2006, following a tip-off by a team of Delhi police special cell officials led by Inspector M C Sharma, who was killed in the Batla House encounter in Delhi on September 19 last year.

The police, which claimed to have recovered 1.5 kg explosives and Rs 6 lakh hawala money from their possession, however, could not prove the charges in the court.

The court in its judgment said it did not find any substance in the charges that both the men, hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, were members of the LeT.

The prosecution produced as many as 13 witnesses to prove their allegations.

During trial the police had claimed that they got information through technical surveillance that the duo would come to the capital to deliver the hawala money and explosives to their associates at the behest of one Mohammed Akmal of Pakistan, who was a district commander of the LeT.

However, the court lent credence to the arguments of M S Khan, counsel for the accused, who submitted that there was no evidence that the names of the accused were revealed during technical surveillance.

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