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2008 Serial Blast: Court rejects accused’s plea to rectify name in records

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Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: A special court in Ahmedabad has rejected an application filed by an accused in the 2008 serial blast case seeking rectification of his name in the court papers. Interestingly, the application was filed by the accused almost 12 years after the incident happened.

The special court, while rejecting the application, observed that the accused had not applied for the rectification of his name during the trial.

When the accused was arrested by the Ahmedabad crime branch for his alleged involvement in the serial blast case, he had told the police that his name was Abu Basar alias Abdul Rashid alias son of Abu Bakar Shaikh.

Even during the trial, the accused had not submitted an application to rectify his name, especially when the same name – Abu Basar— is recorded in the chargesheet, production report, remand report and other documents.

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The court also took note of the fact that even when the statement of the accused was recorded under section 313 of CrPC, he never submitted about his name being wrongly written in the court records.

The application

An application was filed by the accused Mufti Abu Basar, an accused in the 2008 serial blast case, before a special court, Ahmedabad, to rectify his name in the court records as Mufti Abul Basar. The court, however, declined his request.

In July 2008, almost 56 persons were killed and over 200 injured in the serial blast carried out across several sites in Ahmedabad by the Indian Mujahideen. More than 70 accused were arrested by the investigators.

 

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