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Justice (retd) Pramod Kode, once a TADA judge, talks about terror, trial and media

Justice (retd) Pramod Kode, once a TADA judge, talks about terror, trial and media

By: Express News Service

Reminiscing about days when he presided over India’s longest running trial, Justice Pramod Kode who recently retired as a Bombay High Court judge said on Tuesday he rejected 12 confessional statements during trial of the 1993 blasts’ case.

Talking on terror, trials and media at the Mumbai Press Club, Justice Kode said there is a great deal of difficulty when it came to collecting evidence in such cases. He said, when an act of terror is committed, it is done to create fear by people, who a profess a particular ideology.
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“The 1993 serials blasts were carried out with the use of motor vehicles, cars, two wheelers and a similar modus operandi was followed during the 1997 blasts, that took place at Gateway and other places,” he said. The 1993 blasts were more damaging as RDX was used, however, fortunately, the same explosive was not used any time later, the former judge said.

Justice Kode, who was a special TADA judge while he presided over India’s longest running trial, said a judge’s job was to bring the trial finality and award punishment. “Its implementation lies with another agency,” said Kode, adding till our country had provision for capital punishment, it can be awarded.

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Article posted on 03/04/2015

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