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Mumbai blasts hearing from March 29

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will begin hearing appeals filed by the accused, the CBI and the government of Maharashtra from March 29. A bench comprising Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan shall hear various appeals. Gopal Subramaniam, Solicitor General, desired six weeks time for getting Hindi/Marathi texts translated into English. Out of the 179 accused Designated courts had awarded death sentences to 11 while 76 were awarded imprisonment ranging from three years to life. The remaining were acquitted. Among the 11 who face death sentence, one has died. Similarly four out of 67 who have been acquitted have also died. The judges use computers to look at the court judgements. The court masters and the assisting counsels have also been provided with computers.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 18

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