A special MCOCA court Saturday allowed the defence in the July 2006 train blasts case to examine alleged Indian Mujhahideen (IM) co-founder Sadiq Israr Sheikh and two others as witnesses,ignoring opposition by the ATS.
The defence had filed an application in the MCOCA court seeking to call Sadiq,Arif Badruddin and Ansar Ahmed,all allegedly involved in blasts across India in 2008,as defence witnesses in the train bombings case. The ATS had opposed the application.
The 2006 blasts killed 188 people and injured 817 when seven RDX bombs went off in first class coaches of suburban trains. Some of the accused arrested in connection with blasts in 2008 had allegedly confessed they were involved in the train blasts as well.
The Crime Branch had arrested Sheikh on September 24,2008 from suburban Kurla for his alleged involvement in 2008 blasts and later handed over his custody to ATS which interrogated him for alleged role in the train blasts. However,the MCOCA court had let off Sheikh on May 11,2009,after the ATS filed a discharge application,saying they did not find any evidence of Sheikhs role in the train blasts.