New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday allowed a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist who is facing trial for his alleged involvement in 2008 serial blasts in Delhi, to contest the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

Suspected IM operative Zia-ur-Rehman, presently lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad, was allowed by the Tis Hazari court to file his nomination from ward number 205 (Zakir Nagar) here for the upcoming MCD polls. His nomination papers will be filed by the jail superintendent of the Sabarmati Jail.

"The petitioner can file his nomination for the MCD elections to the concerned returning officer through the superintendent of the Sabarmati Jail," Additional Sessions Judge Narendra Kumar said while hearing the case.

Zia-ur-Rehman had filed a petition in the trial court on Wednesday seeking permission to contest the MCD polls, due next month. In his petition, the accused has pleaded before the court to be granted an opportunity to serve for the nation.

Last year, a Delhi court had framed charges against 13 suspected IM modules including Zia-ur-Rehman for their alleged roles in the 2008 serial blasts in the national capital which had killed 26 people and injured 135 others.