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Himayat Baig's death confirmation hearing from Aug 5

Friday, 19 July 2013 - 10:48am IST | Agency: dna

HC to hear NIA plea for bakery's CCTV footage today.

On August 5, the Bombay high court will start hearing the death confirmation of Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convict in the 2010 German Bakery blast case.

Seventeen persons, including five foreigners, were killed when a bomb exploded inside the popular eatery in Pune’s upmarket Koregaon Park area on February 13, 2010.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed an application seeking a copy of the footage from the CCTV camera in the bakery.

On Thursday, a division bench of justice VK Tahilramani and justice Mridula Bhatkar posted the application for hearing on Friday.

The CCTV footage shows that the bomb planter was Yasin Bhatkal, an alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorist who is wanted in many cases since 2006.

On April 19, the sessions court in Pune awarded death penalty to Baig, a resident of Beed.

As per the law, the state government has to get the death sentence confirmed from the Bombay high court.

Baig was convicted under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 120B (criminal conspiracy) 435 (mischief with an intent tocause damage), 435 and 474 (possessing forged documents) of the Indian Penal Code.

He was convicted under sections 3 (causing an explosionto endanger life) and 4 (making an explosive to endanger life) and 5 (making orpossessing explosives under suspicious circumstances) of the Explosive Substances Act.

He has been convicted under various section of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967.

Baig has filed an appeal in the high court challenging his conviction and death sentence.

According to the charge sheet filed by Anti-Terrorism Squad, five accused — Fayyaz Kagzi, Yasin Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal and Mohsin Chaudhari — are absconding.

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