A special NIA court today postponed its judgment on 2007 Hyderabad twin bomb blast case till September 4. The verdict on the blast case, in which 42 people died and 50 others were injured, was expected today as on on August 7, Sessions Judge Srinivas Rao had posted the case for judgment on August 27 after completion of arguments and counter arguments.
Family members and relatives of the victims on Saturday observed the 11th anniversary of the twin blasts that took place at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park in Hyderabad on August 25, 2007.
The Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of Telangana Police had investigated the case and filed three charge sheet against the accused, some of whom are absconding.
In August 2013, the second Metropolitan Sessions Judge court had framed charges against Aneeq Shafiq Syed, Mohammed Sadiq, Akbar Ismail Choudhary and Ansar Ahmed Badhsah Sheikh - all alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives.
The accused were charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of Explosive Substances Act in connection with the twin blasts and also with regard to recovery of an unexploded bomb that was found under a foot overbridge at Dilsuknagar area in Hyderabad.
The alleged IM men are among those arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008 and later taken into custody by the Gujarat Police.
The four are currently lodged in the Cherlapalli Central Prison. Nearly 170 witnesses were examined and cross-examined during the trial. The blast at a popular eatery, Gokul Chat, killed 32 people, while 10 more died at the open air theatre at Lumbini Park, a few metres from the state Secretariat. More than 50 people were injured in the near-simultaneous blasts.
(With inputs from PTI)