The High Court of Rajasthan acquitted the four accused in the serial bomb blasts that took place on May 13, 2008 in Jaipur. All these accused were sentenced to death by the special court in December 2019.
The court has also directed the Chief of Rajasthan Police (DGP) to take action against the investigating officers of the case. All the four accused are residents of different cities of Uttar Pradesh. Their names are Mohammad Shaif, Mohammad Salman, Mohammad Sarovar and Saiful Rehman. These accused fought the court battle for sixteen years and were acquitted by the High Court.
Syed Shahadat Ali, the lawyer of the four acquitted accused, said, “The court has not accepted the ATS investigation in this case as correct. The court has said that such irresponsible work has been done in this matter that action should be taken against them. The court has directed the DGP to take action against the officers who conducted the investigation irresponsibly. Instructed the Chief Secretary that she will be in touch with the DGP and see what action the DGP is taking.”
On the evening of May 13, 2008, there were bomb blasts one after the other in Jaipur’s Manak Chowk, Chandpole Gate, Tripolia Gate, Sanganeri Gate, Badi Chaupar, Johri Bazaar.
71 people lost their lives in these blasts, while 185 people were injured. A live bomb was recovered from near the city’s Ramchandra temple and defused by the bomb disposal squad.