The court issued notice to the NIA and the accused for March 14, seeking their replies to the application moved by Pakistan Punjab’s Hafizabad resident Rahila Wakil, daughter of victim Muhammad Wakeel, through Panipat-based advocate Momin Malik.
The prime accused, Swami Aseemanand, is currently out on bail, and three other accused have been declared as proclaimed offenders. Another accused Sunil Joshi, who, according to the National Investigation Agency, is the mastermind behind the blast, was killed in 2007 in Madhya Pradesh's Dewas.
The CBI in its chargesheet had made Aseemanand’s confession — one in front of a magistrate at Tees Hazari courts in New Delhi and an alleged confession to Kaleem in jail — as the main evidence against him.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned the functioning of the NIA under the Narendra Modi-led government, while BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress of "defaming" Hindus for votes.