New Delhi: A court in New Delhi is likely to frame charges on Monday against Wasim Akram Malik, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his alleged role in the terror attack at the Delhi High Court in 2011. District Judge HS Sharma, who on September 4 had decided to frame charges against Malik under various penal provisions of the IPC, the Explosive Substance Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, had fixed October 1 for the same.
The court had earlier declined the NIA's plea to try Malik under the stringent charge of waging war against India, saying merely because an e-mail referring to the release of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru was sent by the accused after the blast, it does not mean an offence against the state was committed. The NIA had moved the Delhi High Court on September 18 against the trial court's order to drop the charge of waging war against India. The high court has issued notice to Malik seeking his response by October 16 on the NIA's plea.
The trial court had decided to frame charges for offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 440 (mischief committed after preparation made for causing death or hurt), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (causing hurt) and 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the IPC against Malik. It had also ordered framing of charges against Malik after finding prima facie evidence of his role
09:40 AM, Sep 30, 2012