A session court is expected to give its verdict on Wednesday in the case which involves six members of Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha,who allegedly planted bombs in two auditoriums and a movie theatre in 2008. Of these two bombs exploded,but one was defused in time.
Ramesh Gadkari,Mangesh Nikam,Vikram Bhave,Santosh Angre,Haribhau Divekar and Hemant Chalke have been charged with criminal conspiracy,attempt to murder and under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,Explosives Act,Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act.
The six men are accused of conspiracy and planting bombs and sessions judge N V Nhavkar is likely to begin dictating the judgment on Wednesday. They been booked for their alleged involvement in planting bombs at the auditoriums in Thane and Vashi and a movie theatre in Panvel in early 2008,injuring several people.
In all 105 witnesses have been examined so far,with three eyewitnesses claiming to have seen the accused at the spot when the bomb exploded. According to the prosecution,three persons,one at each spot,had seen the accused. The prosecution has been relying on their statements strongly. In our arguments,we brought in the fact that the witnesses were gathered after five months of the blasts,raising serious doubts about their credibility, said defence lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar.
In their statements,all the accused had pleaded innocence,claiming they were wrongly implicated. According to the prosecution,the accused had conducted recce and the blasts were a way to kickstart a statewide campaign against the movie Jodhaa Akbar and play Aamhi Pachpute.