Rajasthan HC acquits four Muslim men in 2008 Jaipur blasts case


by Muslim Mirror Staff

Four Muslim men, Sarvar Aazmi, Mohammad Saif, Saifur Rahman, and Salman, who had previously been convicted and given a death sentence in association with the Jaipur bomb explosion case, have been acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court.

The division bench of justices Pankaj Bhandari and Sameer Jain pronounced the judgement on March 29, Wednesday, and in addition to directing an investigation into the police, it also questioned the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for failing to present reliable proof.

Syed Saadat Ali, the lawyer for the four accused in the bomb blast case, said that this is a victory for justice. “For the last 16 years we were fighting the battle for justice. Now, this is a relief news for us,” he told reporters.

According to Ali, the state police has also been tasked by the court to discipline “incompetent” interrogating officials.

Earlier, in December 2019, a special court in Jaipur had convicted the four accused and sentenced them to death. One accused was acquitted.

Following their convictions under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and the Explosives Act in eight cases filed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the police, Special Judge Ajay Kumar Sharma handed down the death penalty to Mohammed Saif (34), Mohammed Sarwar Azmi (36), Saifur Rehman (36) and Mohammed Salman (34).

Shahbaz Ahmed, a 43-year-old resident of Lucknow who was the first person to be detained three months after the explosions, was acquitted in every instance due to a lack of proof.

Jaipur Bomb Blasts

On May 13, 2008, a string of blasts shook Jaipur. These blasts occurred at Manak Chawk Khanda, Chandpole Gate, Badi Chaupad, Chhoti Chaupad, Tripolia Gate, Johri Bazar, and Sanganeri Gate.

71 people were killed and 185 people were injured in the blasts.


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