38 Islamic Terrorists gets death penalty by Indian court in 2008 bomb blast case which killed 56.
News by NRI Herald Australia 20th Feb 2022
The 49 convicts, which included former Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) chief Safdar Nagori, were punished for carrying out 21 blasts that ripped through the city during the busy evening hours of July 26, 2008 within a span of 70 minutes.
In the 7,000-page judgment, judge AR Patel said it was a rarest of rare case, according to public prosecutor Amit Patel.
As per Section 368 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the entire record of the proceedings will be now sent to the Gujarat high court for confirmation of the death sentences, the court said in its 59-page order on Friday. Till the high court decides on the case, all the accused will remain in jail, the order said.
On February 8, the court convicted 49 of the 77 accused, acquitting 28 people. The public prosecutor said 38 people were convicted under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 302 (murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) and provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Eleven others were held guilty for criminal conspiracy and under various sections of the UAPA, he said. The court imposed a fine of ₹2.85 lakh on 48 convicts and of ₹2.88 lakh on another one.
The court also awarded compensation of ₹1 lakh to the families of those who died in the blasts, ₹50,000 to those who were seriously injured and ₹25,000 to those who received minor injuries.
The families of the victims said justice was finally done. “I lost my son in the terror attack. There are many like me who have lost their dear and near ones on this fateful day. We have gone through a lot in these 14 years. Today, I can sleep in peace,” said Daxaben Modi, the 64-year-old mother of 18-year-old Ankit Modi, who died in the blasts in the old city area of Ahmedabad.
India's Samajwadi Party Muslim leader's son convicted of killing innocents
Amid the ongoing 2022 Vidhan Sabha polls in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP on Saturday slammed Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav after one of his party leader’s son was found guilty in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case.
Union communication and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur lambasted Akhilesh Yadav for his deafening silence over the verdict in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast case, citing the fact that one of the convicts is the son of a Samajwadi Party leader.
“We welcome the court judgment. Of the 49 convicted, Mohd Saif is the son of SP leader Shadab Ahmed. Why is Akhilesh silent over this? These photos show him with the then CM Akhilesh Yadav. Did Akhilesh Yadav call him over biryani? The politician’s son was the mastermind and involved in the blasts,” union communication and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur, who is the BJP’s co-in-charge for the ongoing polls in Uttar Pradesh, was quoted by news agency ANI as stating.
Md Saif, son of SP leader Shadab Ahmed, was arrested in September 2008 following the blasts in July that year. He was arrested from Delhi’s Jamia Nagar where he was staying at that time. Saif’s roommates Atif and Sajid were killed in a police shootout when they had tried to flea, while Saif was injured. After the arrest, Shadab Ahmed had said that his son had told him that he was doing an English speaking course in Delhi.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind comes to the rescue of Muslim terrorists; they have earlier opposed the punishment of Al-Qaeda Terrorists
Deoband-based Islamic organization Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has decided to oppose the Ahmedabad Court verdict on 2008 serial blasts announced on Friday 18th February 2022, wherein the court has awarded a death sentence to 38 convicts, while 11 others were given life imprisonment till death.
According to reports, Maulana Arshad Madani, the President of Jamiat Ulema E Hind said that “the decision of the special court is unbelievable, we will go to the High Court against the punishment and continue the legal battle.”
Maulana Madani stated that the country’s top lawyers will fight tooth and nail to protect the criminals from being hanged. “We are confident that the High Court will deliver complete justice to these individuals,” said the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief.
He went on to say that in many situations, lower court verdicts have been overturned by the High Court or the Supreme Court. He cited the terrorist attack on the Akshardham Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, in which the lower court sentenced three people to death, including Mufti Abdul Qayyum, and four others to life in prison. The Gujarat High Court confirmed the lower court’s ruling, but the six convicts were acquitted by the Supreme Court. Maulana stated that if necessary, he will take the case to the Supreme Court.