Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan has demanded that the State and Central governments make arrangements to hear all terrorism cases on a day-to-day basis in special courts so that those responsible for such crimes are punished without any delay.

Dr. Vardhan said the recent incidents of blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad should act as reminders to the Government that it should deal with terrorism in all its forms with a firm hand. The problem of terrorism could be solved to some extent by ensuring that the guilty do not get away scot-free and are punished so that others taking to terror are also demoralised, he added.

“The Union Law Ministry, the Home Ministry and the Delhi Government should together take special steps to constitute such special courts in Delhi,” he suggested.

Pointing that that the serial transistor bomb blasts case of 1985 was still being heard in the court of an additional district judge, Dr. Vardhan said the accused had not been punished even after 23 years.

Similarly, he said, not a single terrorist had been punished so far for the 1996 explosion in Lajpat Nagar, the 2005 blasts at Satyam and Liberty Cinema, and the 2005 blasts at Pahar Ganj, Sarojini Nagar and Govindpuri in which 67 people had lost their lives.

The BJP leader said the Indian Penal Code provides capital punishment for it.