A year after the Supreme Court vacated its stay,trial in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case will begin on Monday. A series of blasts in different parts of the city on July 26 four years ago had left 57 people dead and several others injured.
Additional Principal Sessions Judge Jyotsana Yagnik has asked all the lawyers representing the prosecution and 68 accused to remain present as the court has decided to hear the case on daily basis.
Trial will be conducted inside Sabarmati Central Jail as the state government has invoked section 268 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) against all the accused,restricting their movement.
This is the third specially designated judge who is assigned to conduct the trial of this case. Earlier,Bela Trivedi and V P Patel were hearing the case until the SC stayed the trial on February 15,2010.
The apex court had vacated its stay on July 6,2011 and now the court has to frame charges against three more accused,who were arrested in the meantime.
Authorities have made arrests from 11 states and most of those arrested are facing trials in different cases in various courts outside Gujarat.
The accused arraigned in cases in other states are being tried through video conferencing.
More than 35 FIRs have been filed and nearly 24 accused are still absconding,including Riyaz Bhatkal and Mufti Sufiyan Patangia.