Strange are the ways of Indian judiciary and the indifferent way of passing judgement in High Court. The Bombay High Court has set aside the death sentence awarded by the Pune sessions court to the lone accused in 2010 German Bakery blast case and commuted it to a life time imprisonment. The Court ordered that the charge of unlawful activity, which included terror and murder, came unstruck due to lack of evidence and the prosecution’s failure to prove its allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a big blow for the state’s Anti-terrorism Squad which had claimed that Baig was a member of the terrorist oufit IM. Thus, the High Court has loosened it the noose on the lone convict and it is a landmark decision in a case of terror attack in our country.
Jayanthy S. Maniam
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