• No bail, parole for 1996 blast convict to attend daughter's wedding: SC

    February 21, 2017

    The Supreme Court has denied interim bail or parole to a convict of Lajpat nagar blast case 1996 and stated that those who are accused of killing innocent people should not expect any leniency from the court.

    The SC bench looking into the matter said “This is such a heinous crime. Those who carry out such activities must realise that this is the end of the families. You can’t kill citizens indiscriminately and say I have my family, my sons, my daughters etc.” 

    The convict in this case, Mohammad Naushad was awarded death sentence in connection with Delhi 1996 blasts which killed around 13 people and injured around 38 people. However, later the HC had commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.

    The convict had recently applied for an interim bail for a month to attend his daughter’s wedding in March, or in the alternative parole in custody for a month.

    In the present matter, the convict’s lawyer contended that Naushad had already spent 20 years in prison and had undergone a sentence for carrying explosives under the Arms and Explosives Act. He further argued that his client was not the main accused but only a conspirator in the matter.

    However, the CBI lawyer resisted the plea on the ground that the agency had challenged the life-term punishment and sought enhancement to death. The Chief Justice agreed with him, and dismissed Naushad’s bail plea.


    The decision of the SC denying interim bail and parole is justified on the basis of the reason put forward by the court, that people who are involved in such heinous crimes should not expect any kind of leniency from the court. It clearly implies the fact that court will show no mercy for an accused, whose dreadful act not only harmed but ruined life of many.

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