Criticizing MCOCA court’s verdict against 7/11 Mumbai blasts convicts, which served death sentence to five and life term to seven in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blast case, the defence advocates said they will approach the higher court to file an appeal against the order.
Slamming the judiciary, the Senior advocate Yug Chaudhry, who had argued against awarding death penalty to the accused, said, “The accused are pure as a ray of light and innocent as newly born child. The verdict is a miscarriage of justice, since the case was not even fit for conviction. The prosecution had no evidence against the accused at all.”
Defence advocate Wahab Khan, appearing on the behalf of the accused, said the verdict was an injustice to the victims.
“It appears the court did not give enough value to any of the evidence that the defence presented. We will definitely approach the Bombay High Court to challenge the order. Our fight for justice will continue,” said Khan.
Another defence advocate, claimed, “They are innocent victims of the system. False evidence was cooked up against the accused, accompanied by confessions recorded after torture. The court has not made an effort to find the truth.”
“We were tortured and anti terror squad made us scapegoat”, say convicts. “I have faith on Higher courts, truth will reveal soon”, said a convict.
The Maharashtra-based NGO (legal aid department of Jamait Ulama-e-Maharashtra) that has been providing legal aid to the accused said that while they respect the judiciary, they will not step back and will challenge the order before the right appealing authority.