Chandigarh: National investigation agency (NIA) investigating Samjhauta blasts case has challenged orders of special NIA court Panchkula passed on September 28, through which court had directed for the presence of defence counsels of the main accused, Swami Aseemanand during the examinations of blasts samples in Hyderabad.
Special court had also directed that Rs 25,000, to be borne by NIA, as traveling and other expenses of the defence lawyers.
The said order was challenged on Thursday by the agency through a petition filed before Punjab and Haryana high court. Acting on NIA’s plea, bench headed by Justice S S Saron of the HC issued notice to Swami Aseemanand for November 8 to respond the contentions raised by the agency against the special court orders.
In its petition, NIA has contended that as per criminal procedure code (CrPc), there is no provision for the presence of defence counsel during the examination of samples.
On September 2, Punjab and Haryana high court had given a green signal to NIA for reexamining the samples collected after the bomb blasts in Samjhauta Express on February 18, 2007. NIA wants to examine the samples of Samjhauta Express blasts to find any link with the explosions that took place in Malegaon, Moddasa Hyderabad and Ajmer.
Following the HC orders, special NIA court Panchkula had put the condition of presence of Aseemanand’s lawyers during the reexamination of these samples, and to bear all their expenses during the examination in Hyderabad lab.
Assemanand and other accused were booked by the NIA in the Samjhauta Express blasts case, in which 68 people were killed near Panipat town in Haryana in February 2007. At present, trial against Aseemanand is pending before special NIA court Panchkula.