The mastermind of the 2005 Delhi serial blasts, Tariq Ahmed Dar, was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in prison. Two other accused, Mohammed Rafiq Shah and Mohammed Hussain Fazili, were, however, acquitted of all charges.
60 people were killed and 200 were injured in the serial blasts that shook the national capital in October 2005.
Accused Tariq Ahmed Dar was convicted under Sections 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He will, however, walk free along with the other two accused since he has already served 12 years in prison -- two more than the maximum punishment of 10 years prescribed under the two sections of UAPA Act.
The court in 2008 framed charges against Dar, the alleged mastermind, and the other two for waging war against the state, conspiring, collecting arms, murder and attempt to murder.
The Delhi Police chargesheeted Dar, mentioning his call details that allegedly proved he was in touch with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives.
Reacting to the verdict, family members of the victims said they will appeal the verdict in high court. They said justice has both been delayed and denied.