An anti-terror court here trying the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case Thursday adjourned its hearing to March 18 due to an ongoing strike by local lawyers.
"We were not allowed to enter the court complex by the protesting advocates, said Malhotra, adding the matter was adjourned to March 18.
Local lawyers went on an indefinite strike on March 12 in protest against a judicial magistrate's alleged misbehaviour with an advocate.
Meanwhile, Mukesh Garg, counsel for accused Swami Aseemanand, sought to refute a Pakistani woman's claim in her application to the court that the eyewitnesses to the blast from her country were not served summonses for deposition.
Pakistani witnesses were summoned at least six times but there was no response from them, he said.
Pakistani woman Rahila Wakeel, the daughter of a blast victim, Muhammad Wakeel of Dhingrawali village in Hafizabad district of Pakistan had moved the court on Monday seeking examination of the blast eyewitnesses from her country.
On March 11, the court had posted the matter for Thursday after taking the woman's plea on record and issued notice to the National Investigation Agency to respond to her plea.
The blast had ripped apart two coaches of Samjhauta Express, killing 68 people, mostly Pakistani nationals.
After its probe, the NIA filed chargesheet in the case in June 2011, indicting eight persons for their alleged roles in the terror attack.
Aseemanand is out on bail while three others are still in judicial custody.
The NIA had charged the accused with murder and criminal conspiracy, besides other relevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act and the Railways Act.
They had conspired together to trigger the blast in the Pak-bound train, largely carrying Pakistani nationals, to avenge the spate of terror attacks in various temples of the country.
The accused had conspired and propounded a theory of 'bomb ka badla bomb', the NIA had said in its chargesheet.
The NIA chargesheet dubbed Sunil Joshi as the mastermind of the blast plot with active help from other accused, including Aseemanand.
The explosives were stuffed in suitcases, which were planted in the train by Lokesh, Rajinder, Kamal and Amit, said the NIA chargesheet.
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