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Train blast convict’s plea in attempt to murder case rejected

Mumbai train blasts case

Thane : A local court has rejected the discharge application filed by Saquib Nachan, who was recently convicted in the 2003 Mulund train blasts case, in connection with an attempt to murder case against him and others.

Saquib’s son Shamil Saquib Nachan, who was also arrested in the same case, too filed an application for discharge which was rejected by the court.

Thane Additional Sessions Judge A S Bhaisare clubbed the four applications filed by the father-son duo in connection with the cases against them and disposed them in a single order last week.

Saquib, from Padga in Thane, was arrested in connection with attempt on the life of advocate Manoj Raicha, an office-bearer of Bajrang Dal, on August 3, 2012. He was charged under sections 307, 120(B) of IPC and sections 3, 25, 27 of the Arms Act in connection with the case.

In his application in the Thane court, which is trying him, Nachan said that the crime branch had created fabricated false evidence against him and the matter needed to be probed by CBI.

However, the police stated that they had seized certain books, CDs, and computer from the arrested accused which had provocative content.

In his order, the judge stated that the theory of prosecution at this stage cannot be said to be false or fabricated.

“Having considered the facts and circumstances of the matter, in my view, there is no substance in the applications and they all are liable to be rejected,” the judge noted in his order.

Saquib was earlier also arrested in 2002 in connection with the murder of VHP leader Lalit Jain at Bhiwandi in the district. However, he was acquitted in the case in 2006 for want of evidence.

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