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Man acquitted for ’96 bomb blast,waits for bail in another case

After spending 14 years in jail,Mirza Iftikhar Hussain,an accused in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case,was acquitted by court last month.

Written by Zahid Rafiq | New Delhi |
May 3, 2010 12:30:24 am

Mirza Iftikhar Hussian got into a fight with an inmate as an undertrial for the 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case

After spending 14 years in jail,Mirza Iftikhar Hussain,an accused in the 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case,was acquitted by court last month.

The struggle for Hussain,however,is not over.

He is still in Tihar Jail for a fight he had with another inmate while he was an undertrial .

His lawyer,Ravi Kazi,has been fighting to secure bail for Hussain. On Friday,the judge who was to hear the bail plea did not come to court.

“What will I tell his sisters and mother? They will think I am not helping him,” Kazi said to S A R Geelani,a lecturer at Delhi University who was also waiting for Hussain’s bail. Another friend waited with them.

“The judge is on leave today (April 30). Inshaallah,I will get him free on May 4,” Kazi later told one of Hussain’s sisters.

Earlier,the court of Additional Sessions Judge Nivedita Anil Sharma granted bail to Hussain for a bond of Rs 15,000 and one local surety of the same amount. A surety bond by Geelani was put before the court but after inquiry,it was dismissed on default.

“Then I got my friend,a senior editor of an Urdu magazine,to submit the bail bond but the court rejected it on the ground that he has no command over the accused’s conduct in Kashmir while he has been in Delhi,” said Geelani.

“How can we get a local surety in Delhi who has command in Kashmir also?” he added.

According to Kazi,Hussain’s other bail bond was held up as his address in Kashmir was missing from the chargesheet file.

“We said the address should be confirmed from the prison authorities,where the accused has been for the last 14 years. But the court sent an officer from here to Kashmir to confirm the address,” Kazi said.

“When he (the officer) returned after all confirmations,the judge is absent,” he added.

In 2008,Hussain had a fight with another inmate,Satinder Singh Pal alias Twinkle,who was serving time under MCOCA.

Hussain had allegedly thrown a paperweight at Twinkle. The medico-legal certificate termed the injuries as “simple”.

According to a submission by the prison superintendent to Additional Sessions Judge S K Savaria,Twinkle’s friend Mohammed Idrish had,on an earlier occasion,attacked Hussian.

Hussain’s family,meanwhile,pin their hopes on each date of hearing. “Since he has been acquitted,our mother waits everyday for him. It is hard to tell her that he won’t come,” said Gulshan Mirza,Hussain’s sister.

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