Delhi HC blast: Court upholds 3-year remand for Kashmiri minor

New Delhi, Aug 11 A court here on Wednesday upheld a Juvenile Justice Board order sentencing a minor from Kashmir, who had sent emails to media houses immediately after the 2011 Delhi High Court blast, to three years’ in a special home.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit upheld the Juvenile Justice Board order delivered on July 9, 2014.

At least 15 people were killed and 79 injured on September 7, 2011, in the explosion outside Gate Number 5 of the court complex here.

According to National Investigation Agency (NIA), the blast took place at around 10.14 a.m. on September 7 which was a Wednesday, a day specifically assigned for hearing public interest litigations and there was a relatively greater rush at the court.

Explosives were placed in a briefcase at the then High Court reception outside Gate Number 5 where hundreds of people throng every day to attend court cases.

The NIA in March 2012 filed a chargesheet against six accused, including Wasim Akram Malik, Amir Abbas Dev and the juvenile. Malik and Dev were arrested in September 2011.

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The minor, who was pursuing his school studies at Kishtwar in Kashmir, was arrested on September 13, 2011 for sending an email to media houses claiming responsibility for the blast and also threatening to cause more bomb blasts at other courts, if Afzal Guru (prime accused in the 2001 Parliament House attack) was hanged.

According to the NIA, the email was sent by the juvenile from Kishtwar.

According to the minor’s defence counsel, Mehmood Pracha and R.H.A. Sikander, he was around 17 years old at the time of arrest, and has now turned 22.

The minor came in contact with Dev who motivated him for Jihad.

Later, Dev turned approver in the case and revealed that the minor agreed to send the mail as he wanted Rs 12,000 for the treatment of his friend.

The sessions court relied upon the statement of pardoned witness, Dev, which confirmed that the juvenile from the beginning had knowledge of the conspiracy of the blast.

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