NEW DELHI: Delhi's Patiyala House on Thursday acquitted all three accused of 2005 serial blasts case here in which has claimed 67 lives, saying that the prosecution has failed to prove their guilt.
Additional Sessional Judge Reetesh Singh acquitted Mohd Rafiq Shah and Mohd Hussain Fazil of all charges. However, he held the third accused, Tariq Ahmad Dar., guilty of being a member of the terror outfit and giving support to it, but let him off too, saying he has already undergone more than ten years in jail, which is the maximum punishment prescribed under the law for these offense.
The 29 October 2005 Delhi bombing that took place in three areas of the city - Sarojni Nagar, Paharganj and kalkaji in which 62 people lost there lives and at least 210 were injured.The three explosions hit two markets in central and south Delhi and a bus in the Govindpuri area, just two days before Diwali.
Dar was convicted for convicted for the ofence punishable under Section 38 (being the member of a terror organization and Section 39 (giving support to such outfit) of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Other accused in the case Fraooq Ahmaed Batloo and Ghulam Ahmad Khan had pleaded guilty and were let off by the court for the period already undergone by them. They were booked for funding the terror organization.
Following the blasts three similar cases were registered by the Delhi Police Special Cell. The court had clubbed all the cases for the purpose of recording of evidence.
Dar, along with Abu Ozefa, Abu Al Kama, Rashid, Sazid Ali and Zahid, had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage a war against the country and planned serial blasts, as per the prosecution. All the five accused co-accused are now fugitives and said to be in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The verdict came after 11 years of the tragedy , Prosecution has said that Dar had allegedly conspired with the Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants to carry out the bomb blasts in the national capital.