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2008 serial blast: Court rejects plea of an inmate to increase meeting time with relatives

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A special court in Ahmedabad has rejected the plea of an Ahmedabad serial blast accused who sought that the time allowed to his kin to meet him in jail should be increased.

A special court while rejecting the plea of accused Mohammed Shafi Ansari observed that if the petitioner is allowed to have more time to meet his kin, who come to visit him in jail, it may cause displeasure among other accused.

The accused had sought that his relatives be allowed to meet him for 60 minutes while he is in jail instead of the present 20 minutes.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the government had issued guidelines that restricted the visit of family members and lawyers to meet with inmates in jail. Those accused who are not allowed to talk with their family members over the telephone are allowed to meet them in person for 20 minutes in a week, the court said.

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What counsel argued in court

The advocate representing the accused submitted before the court that the applicant’s family members live in Indore. They had last met him in jail before the COVID pandemic in January 2020.

“Due to COVID lockdown and other restrictions, they have not met with him for a long time. The parents of the accused are dead while his wife and children need to talk with him at length regarding the case and family issues and so the meeting time duration should be increased from 20 minutes to at least 1 hour,” the counsel argued.

In July 2008, 56 people were killed in the serial blasts that rocked Ahmedabad. It was carried out by Indian Mujahideen. More than 70 people were arrested in connection with the case.

  

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