New Delhi, January 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): A Pakistani national, convicted and sentenced to death eight years back in connection with the 1997 Delhi bus blast case, was acquitted of all charges by a trial court following a re-trial. After the fresh trial, the court held that there were substantial lapses in the investigation of Delhi Police and asked the Police Commissioner to ensure that this does not happen again.
The case of Mohammad Hussain was re-tried on the directive of the Indian Supreme Court, which had said that the Pakistani national was not given a fair and impartial trial resulting in his conviction by the trial court in 2004.
The Delhi High Court had upheld the trial court’s verdict. The re-trial lasted 24 working days beginning November 8, 2012, during which the prosecution examined 34 witnesses before Additional Sessions Judge, Pawan Jain, who acquitted Hussain and ordered that steps should be taken for his deportation as early as possible. In its order, the court concluded that there were several lapses in the investigation carried by the Delhi Police.
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