A Sessions Court hearing the 2008 Delhi serial blasts case has allowed an application moved by one of the accused in the case seeking permission to contest the upcoming MCD polls to forward his nomination papers through the superintendent of Ahmedabad's Sabarmati Jail where he is presently lodged.

Accused Zia-ur-Rehman, alleged to be a member of the Indian Mujahideen, is seeking to file his nomination for Ward Number 205 (Zakir Nagar) in the MCD polls.

“Applicant is permitted to file his nomination for elections of the MCD to the concerned returning officer through superintendent of jail, Sabarmati Jail, Ahmedabad,” Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar said.

Advocate M. S. Khan representing Zia-ur-Rehman had submitted that his candidature was not disqualified under Section 9 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act. Mr. Khan also gave an undertaking that his client would not seek release from prison to visit the office of the returning officer for filing nomination papers.

Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan did not oppose Rehman's prayer. Mr. Mohan submitted that the Election Commission permitted candidates confined in prison to make and subscribe their oath or affirmation in the prescribed form to the returning officer through the prison superintendent.


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