Friday, October 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Plot to kill Advani: charges framed

Mumbai, October 17
A Sessions Court today framed charges against six members of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, facing the charge of criminal conspiracy to kill key politicians, including Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

The gangsters were charged with an offence under Section 121-A of the IPC, a stringent law regarding waging war against nation. They have also been charged with other offences, including conspiracy under Section 120-B of the IPC.

Sessions Judge D.V. Marathe deferred the case till October 26 for the recording of evidence.

Prosecutor Shrikant Bhatt informed the court that the police had obtained sanction from the government to book the accused under Section 121 A of the IPC.

Defence lawyers Majeed Memon and Parvez Memon said they were not contesting the charges framed against the accused.

The case of the prosecution is that the gangsters had conspired to assassinate prominent political figures, including Mr Advani. They also planned to strike key installations in Mumbai and elsewhere.

Two of them were arrested last year in a case of theft.

The documents seized from their possession confirmed their plans to create terror in the country by killing politicians. The accused are Javed Khan, Akbar Hussain, Srinivas Naidu, Zakir Hussain, Mohammed Saddiq and Farooq Ghani. PTI

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