Aseemanand denied B-class facility in jail

The Special NIA court of Gurvinder Kaur on Saturday rejected the B-class facility to the prime accused in Samjhauta blast case,Swami Aseemanand.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: October 6, 2013 2:02 am

The Special NIA court of Gurvinder Kaur on Saturday rejected the B-class facility to the prime accused in Samjhauta blast case,Swami Aseemanand. The court rejected to the facility for Aseemanand while listing the application for his bail on October 23.

Aseemanand had moved an application seeking the B-class facility contending that he is entitled for the same as he has a post-graduate degree in Science. Lodged at Central Jail Ambala,Swami Aseemanand and other co-accused including Rajendar Chaudhary,Kamal Chauhan and Lokesh Sharma have been charged for the blasts in the Samjhauta Express train in 2007 that killed 68 people and left a more than dozen injured. On February 18,2007 the train service between India and Pakistan blasts ripped through two carriages of the train,leading to the killings.

The NIA had earlier charged Aseemanand for organising conspiracy meetings between the people to attack the Samjhauta train to revenge what it called the “attacks on Hindu’s by Jehadi Muslims”. In the application for B-class facility,Aseemanand had noted that under the jail manual,he is entitled to the facility and had also referred to cases earlier in which the people with the higher education qualification were provided the same. Counsel for the accused,S C Sharma had argued before the court that Aseemanand was entitled for the facility inside the jail where he is currently on a judicial custody contending that he has been falsely implicated in the case.

The B-class facility provides for food cooked separately,newspapers and magazines to the accused,as well as better bedding inside the jail and exemption from carrying out hard jobs. However,the NIA counsel had opposed the facility to Aseemanand while referring to the reply of the jail superintendent that people who have been chargesheeted in heinous crimes are not entitled for such a facility. NIA counsel,R K Handa,said,“The jail superintendent of Ambala jail had also filed the reply in the matter and we had referred to the reply that the accused is not entitled for the B-class facility as the crime falls in the purview of heinous crimes.”

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