HC bench recuses itself from hearing Himayat Baig’s conviction

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Himayat-Baig-convictionThe Bombay High Court recused itself from hearing confirmation of death penalty awarded to Indian Mujahideen operative Himayat Baig in the German Bakery blast of February 13, 2010 that left 17 people, including foreigners, dead in Pune.

Along with the confirmation of death sentence awarded to Baig, the appeal by this convict also came up for hearing.

“Not before us,” said a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil.

The judges did not assign any reason for not hearing the matter.

As per legal norms, the death sentence awarded to an accused by the trial court comes up before the High Court for confirmation.

Baig, an alleged member of Indian Mujahideen, was arrested in September 2010. He was convicted by a special court in Pune in early 2013 for his role in the blast.

The court had found him guilty of taking part in the conspiracy and executing the blast at German Bakery, a popular hangout of foreigners, in Koregaon Park area of the city.