August 12, 2015

India: Response to question in Lok Sabha re Bail to Samjhauta Express blast accused


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs

11-August-2015 13:39 IST

Bail to Samjhauta Express blast accused

The Punjab and Haryana High Court passed an order granting conditional bail
to Naba Kumar Sarkar @ Swami Aseemanand on 28.08.2014 in the Samjhauta
Express Blast Case. However, the certified copy of the said order was
issued by the court only on 01.05.2015. The NIA examined the feasibility of
filing a SLP and decided that there were no grounds to challenge the Order
in the Supreme Court. However, Naba Kumar Sarkar @ Swami Aseemanand
continues to remain in jail since he did not comply with the conditions of
bail specified in order dated 28.08.2014.

Besides, the Government did not find it fit to challenge the order dated
21.03.2014, whereby bail was granted to the two accused in Mecca Masjid
Blast case of May 2007 viz Devender Gupta and Lokesh Sharma, on grounds of
parity since the order dated 03.06.2012 and 27.06.2013 whereby bail was
granted to Bharat Mohan Lal @ Bharat Bhai and Tejaram Parmar had not been
challenged by the prosecution. However, both the accused continue to be in
jail as they are also accused in other cases wherein they have been denied

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai
Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Shri Asaduddin
Owaisi in the Lok Sabha today.