|Ehtesham Kutubuddin Siddiqui being escorted by the police to the court where he was awarded the death sentence in the 7/11 bomb blasts.|
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Death row convict seeks permission to complete LLB in 7/11 Mumbai trains blast case (Maharashtra)
Written by Sadaf Modak |Mumbai |Updated: June 25, 2016 12:01:56 am
As an undertrial, Siddiqui had enrolled for the LLB course at Siddharth College of Law under Mumbai University in 2014, after receiving permission from the MCOCA court.
Ehtesham Siddiqui, on the death row in the 7/11 Mumbai train blasts case, has approached the special MCOCA court, seeking permission to pursue his studies. In a letter written from the Arthur Road prison, Siddiqui has said that having successfully completed the first year of his three-year LLB course, he had to miss the second- year examinations due to his conviction. Siddiqui and four others were sentenced to death in September last year for the train blasts. As an undertrial, Siddiqui had enrolled for the LLB course at Siddharth College of Law under Mumbai University in 2014, after receiving permission from the MCOCA court. In his plea, he has said that the examinations for his course are scheduled to begin in July. Siddiqui has said that till his death sentence is confirmed, he should be considered as an undertrial and not a convict as per law. An appeal is yet to be filed before the Bombay High Court in the case.
Siddiqui and co-accused Sajid Ansari, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, had both previously appealed to the Bombay High Court, seeking to be moved to Mumbai after they were shifted out of the city post their conviction, to complete their studies. In his letter, Siddiqui has also cited the Sunil Batra judgment of the Supreme Court which had laid down the fundamental rights of prisoners, observing that rights may suffer shrinkage due to incarceration but do not leave the person as he enters prison. The court has sought a response from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on Siddiqui’s plea, adjourning the matter to next week.
Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/711-mumbai-trains-blast-case-death-row-convict-seeks-permission-to-complete-llb-2874045/ (Accessed 20 December 2018)