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Gujarat: trial of two Akshardham attack accused ends

Friday, 23 May 2014 - 10:49pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: PTI

The special POTA court on Friday concluded the hearing of the case against Majid Patel alias Umarji and Shaukatullah Ghori, accused of involvement in the 2002 Akshrdham temple attack.

Judge Geeta Gopi of the Prevention Of Terrorism Act (POTA) court reserved the pronouncement of judgement to June 6 as the final arguments ended.

Patel, accused of managing funds for the terror attack, was held in 2008 from Bharuch district while Ghori was arrested from Hyderabad in the same year.

During the trial, prosecution noted that the recent judgement of the Supreme Court acquitted six other accused in the same case.

"The Supreme Court did not belive the contentions made by the state agency and refused to believe the conspiracy part," Special Public Prosecutor HM Dhruv argued.

The Supreme Curt on May 16 acquitted the other six accused in the case. In response to the appeals of Adam Suleman Ajmeri and Abdul Kayum, both of whom had got the death sentence, SC held that the prosecution could not establish that they participated in any conspiracy.

Altaf Mallick, Abdulmiya Kadri, Mohammad Hanif Shaikh and Chand Khan aka Shan Miya who were serving jail terms raning from ten years to life were also acquitted by the Supreme Court.

Thirty persons were killed in the attack on the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002.


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