Twin bomb blasts case: Bhujbal does not turn up in court

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Mumbai, Jun 19 (UNI) Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Chhagan Bhujbal today did not turn up in the POTA court for recording his statement as defence witness in the 2003 twin bomb blast case, as he was away in Patna on an official tour.

As soon as the matter was called for hearing, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, addressing the court, said Mr Bhujbal was in Patna, so he would not be able to attend the court proceedings today.

Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court Judge M R Puranik then adjourned the matter till July 15 for hearing.

Earlier, the court had issued summons to Bhujbal, former state Home minister, asking him to appear as the defence witness in the court today.

The blasts occurred on August 25, 2003 at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar areas of the city, claiming the lives of more than 50 people and injuring several others injured.

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