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Satyam-Liberty blasts: Surinder Kanda convicted

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: September 4, 2014 3:11 am

A Delhi court has convicted Surinder Singh Kanda —who was arrested along with other suspected members of the banned Babbar Khalsa International — in connection with the 2005 twin blasts at Satyam and Liberty cinemas in the national capital.

The order came after Kanda, in December last year, had moved an application through his counsel M S Khan to plead guilty to the offences alleged against him. “As the accused has voluntarily pleaded guilty to the offences alleged against him, his plea of guilt is accepted. He is individually convicted for the offence, for which he had been separately charged, under Section 19 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” the court said.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh convicted Kanda, a resident of Kenya, for the offence punishable under provisions of the UAPA and sentenced him to nearly five years in jail — which he has already undergone behind bars during the trial period. The convict was in custody from July 14, 2005 to May 10, 2010.

The court also directed Kanda to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.

Kanda was arrested in connection with the case in which two separate bombs had exploded at Liberty and Satyam cinema halls on May 22, 2005. The first bomb had exploded at Liberty Cinema in Karol Bagh, resulting in death of one person and injuring 55 others. An another explosion took place in a toilet at Satyam Cinema in Patel Nagar, injuring several people.

The other eight accused were earlier convicted by a Delhi court, after they had moved application, pleading guilty to the offences.

According to police, the accused were using three mobile phones and were in constant touch with someone in US and Germany during the time of the blasts.

Police had also claimed that the accused were in touch with BKI chief Satnam Singh, who was then based in Germany.

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