1993 Mumbai blasts verdict LIVE: Abu Salem, 5 others convicted; quantum of sentencing on Monday

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1993 Mumbai blasts verdict LIVE: Abu Salem, 5 others convicted; quantum of sentencing on Monday
  • 14:19 (IST)

    1993 Mumbai blast survivor hopes accused will get death penalty

  • 14:12 (IST)

    The Sanjay Dutt connection

    Abu Salem had handed over to actor Sanjay Dutt — who was an accused in the case for illegally possessing weapons — AK 56 rifles, 250 rounds and some hand grenades at his residence on 16 January, 1993. Two days later, on 18 January, 1993, Salem and two others went to Dutt's house and got back two rifles and some rounds.

    — PTI

  • 14:10 (IST)

    The charges Dossa and Salem were convicted under

    While Mustafa Dossa was convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder under various sections of the India Penal Code (IPC) besides offences under the TADA Act, the Arms Act and the Explosives Act, Abu Salem was found guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai ahead of the blasts.

    — PTI

  • 13:55 (IST)

  • 13:43 (IST)

    Dossa had helped Yakub Memon with arms: CBI counsel

    "Politicians, high-level officers and Hindus were the targets of the people behind the 1993 blasts," prosecution lawyer Deepak Salve, CBI counsel, told reporters.

    He also said that the court said that there was not enough evidence against Abdul Qayyum.

    "Five of the seven accused have been charged with conspiracy...Dossa helped Yakub Memon with arms," News18 further quoted Salve as saying.

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Meanwhile...

  • 13:35 (IST)

    Quantum of punishment to be declared on Monday

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Abu Salem acquitted of some charges of TADA: ANI

  • 13:27 (IST)

    Prosecution failed to prove charges against Riaz Siddiqui for conspiracy: ANI

  • 13:25 (IST)

    All accused acquitted of the charge of waging war against the state

  • 13:24 (IST)

    Abdul Qayyum acquitted of all charges

    ANI reported that the court ordered Qayyum's release on personal bond.

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan among the main conspirators: Court

    The TADA court believes that Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were among the main conspirators of the 1993 blasts case.

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Abu Salem convicted under charges of conspiracy

    ANI reported that Abu Salem has been convicted under charges of conspiracy and terror activities.

  • 13:05 (IST)

    Abu Salem found guilty by TADA court: Reports

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Karimullah Shaikh also convicted in the case: ANI

  • 12:56 (IST)

    No mercy should be shown to terrorists: Justice (Retired) PC Kode

  • 12:54 (IST)

    Who is responsible for delay? asks Ujjwal Nikam

    "Who is responsible for the delay? We had examined over 600 witnesses in the first trial. Accused had also recalled 400 witnesses," public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told Times Now.

    "Witnesses were recalled deliberately to delay the case," he said.

  • 12:53 (IST)

  • 12:50 (IST)

    Tahir Merchant also convicted: ANI

  • 12:49 (IST)

    Mustafa Dossa found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities: ANI

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Firoz Khan convicted

  • 12:43 (IST)

    In death, Yakub Memon exposed our hunger for the macabre

    'Jihadi John' should have executed Yakub Memon. It is a pity we were deprived of the gory spectacle of an Islamic State beheading.

    With hashtags like #Have a blast, #Happy Birthday Yakub, #Go Yakub, #See you in hell, weren't we ready with our khuda hafiz for him? Were we not desperate to see Yakub hang; waiting for the exact moment when his neck snaps, spine breaks, tongue hangs out, eyes pop out and the jail jallad declares, "Lo, ho gaya, ji. Next?"'

    Read the counter-view by Sandipan Sharma on the death sentence after Yakub Memon's hanging.

  • 12:40 (IST)

    India still needs capital punishment

    'No fundamental right is without riders either. Free speech, property and faith, all these are rights subject to reasonable restrictions. Sure, the right to life is even more fundamental, but this only means that the right to take it away has to be foolproof and not amenable to subjective readings.

    When someone is a terrorist, killing people at will, or a serial murderer or rapist, is this person’s right to life all that sacrosanct all the time?'

    Read this Firstpost article by R Jagannathan published in July 2015 after the hanging of Yakub Memon on why India still needs the capital punishment.

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Mustafa Dossa found guilty of all charges: Reports

  • 12:29 (IST)

    Judge arrives at TADA court, hearing begins: News18

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Mumbai Police had cracked the 1993 blasts case within 48 hours

    According to News18, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria had supervised the investigation in the case. The Mumbai Police had then cracked the case within 48 hours after they found a vehicle loaded with explosives which did not blow up.

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Justice delayed is justice denied: Mumbai blasts survivor

  • 12:13 (IST)

    The charges against the accused

    Here are the charges against the seven accused, as reported by News18:

    Abu Salem: Transporting and distributing weapons

    Mustafa Dossa: Landing arms and explosives, conspiracy and sending people to Pakistan for training

    Tahir Merchant: Arranging transportation for other convicts

    Abdul Qayyum: Delivering weapons to Sanjay Dutt

    Riyaz Siddiqui: Transporting explosives later used in the blasts

    Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan: Supervising the transport of arms and ammunition to Mumbai

    Karimullah Sheikh: Smuggling arms into India

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Probe in 1993 Mumbai blasts conducted without evidence: Former SC judge

    Former Supreme Court judge, Justice (Retired) BN Srikrishna, who had headed the judicial inquiry commission report on the blasts, told News18 that most of the probe had been carried out without evidence.

    Srikrishna also said that his recommendations were not implemented in full. "The recommendations were not implemented in full and I have said this a lot of times. There were plenty of cases which should have been really investigated. Most of the cases they had investigated either had no evidence or were true but undetected. Is this the way you investigate cases? And when questioned, it was stated that it was not possible to find out anything more," News18 quoted him as saying.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Case, involving all 7 accused, first heard by judge Pramod Kode

    The case, involving the seven accused, was first heard by judge Pramod Kode, who had also delivered the judgment in the first leg of the trial and convicted 100 accused and acquitted 23 in 2007. Later, judge DU Mullah presided over the TADA court, and the case is now being heard by judge GA Sanap.

    It was during the trial in 2013 that the Supreme Court pronounced a judgment on appeal filed by all the accused wherein key conspirator Yakub Memon's death sentence was confirmed, while that of others (all bomb planters) were commuted to life imprisonment.

    Sanjay Dutt and many others surrendered before the TADA court in May 2013 after the apex court upheld their conviction. Yakub Memon was executed on 30 July, 2015 after his several pleas seeking clemency were rejected, including the post-midnight hearing by Supreme Court on the day he was hanged.

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Who carried out the attack?

    Wanted criminal and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and the Memon family are believed to be the masterminds behind the attack. While Dawood, Tiger and Ayub Memon are absconding, authorities nabbed Yakub Memon. Yakub was sentenced to death and hanged on 30 July, 2015 in Nagpur Jail.

  • 11:17 (IST)

    24 years on, court has recorded over 750 prosecution witness statements

    The court has recorded statements of around 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses in all. Three accused, including Abu Salem, had confessed to their crime when CBI was investigating the case. Though the hearing in the case began in 2007, it was delayed as three petitions were pending with the Supreme Court, one each filed by Dossa and Salem, and another by CBI.


    The trial resumed in 2012 and concluded this March, reports PTI. 

  • 11:11 (IST)

    Dossa had masterminded the landing of explosives

    The court had dropped certain charges against Abu Salem in 2013 after the CBI moved a plea, saying those charges were against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.

    Mustafa Dossa allegedly masterminded the landing of explosives, including RDX in India, and sent some youth to Pakistan to acquire arms training.

  • 11:06 (IST)

    Dossa left for TADA court

    Accused Mustafa Dossa has left for the TADA court from Arthur Road Jail, News18 reports. 

    Dossa was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been charged with landing arms and explosives, conspiracy, and sending individuals to Pakistan for training.

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Judgment likely to come today at 11 am

    A special TADA court is likely to pronounce its judgment in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case involving seven accused, including extradited gangster Abu Salem.

    The trial of the seven accused — Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum — were separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial in which 100 people were convicted.

    The dastardly attacks had left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore.

A special TADA court in Mumbai is likely to pronounce on Friday its judgment in the second leg of the trial in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case involving seven accused including extradited gangster Abu Salem.

The dastardly attacks had left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore.

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.

The trial of the seven accused — Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum — were separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.

File image of Abu Salem. Reuters

File image of Abu Salem. Reuters

Salem was accused of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai.

He also handed over to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was an accused in the case for illegally possessing weapons, AK 56 rifles, 250 bullets and some hand grenades at his residence on 16 January, 1993. Two days later, on 18 January, 1993, Salem and two others went to Dutt's house and got back two rifles and some rounds.

The court had dropped certain charges against Salem in 2013 after the investigating agency — CBI — moved a plea, saying those charges were against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.

Mustafa Dossa allegedly masterminded the landing of explosives including RDX in India and sent some youth to Pakistan to acquire arms training.


The court, in all, recorded statements of around 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses. Three accused including Salem had confessed to their crime during investigations carried out by the CBI over the years into the blasts case.

Though the hearing in the case began in 2007, it was delayed as three petitions were pending with the Supreme Court, one each filed by Dossa and Salem, and another by CBI.

The trial resumed in 2012 and concluded this March.

The case (involving the seven accused) was first heard by judge Pramod Kode, who had also delivered the judgment in the first leg of the trial and convicted 100 accused and acquitted 23 in 2007.

Later, judge DU Mullah presided over the TADA court, and the case is now being heard by judge GA Sanap.

It was during the trial in 2013 that the Supreme Court pronounced a judgment on appeal filed by all the accused wherein key conspirator Yakub Memon's death sentence was confirmed, while that of others (all bomb planters) were commuted to life imprisonment.


Sanjay Dutt and many others surrendered before the TADA court here in May 2013 after the apex court upheld their conviction.

Yakub Memon was executed on 30 July, 2015 after his several pleas seeking clemency were rejected, including the post-midnight hearing by Supreme Court on the day he was hanged.

On 12 March, 1993 the country's commercial capital witnessed an unprecedented terrorist attack when a series 12 bomb explosions took place one after another in about a span of two hours.

The blasts took place at Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan, opposite Passport office near Century Bazaar, Fishermen's colony at Mahim Causeway, at basement of Air India Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza Theatre, Centaur Hotel (Juhu), Sahar Airport (Bay no.54) and Centaur Hotel (near airport).

This was the first ever terrorist attack in the world where RDX (Research Department Explosive ie cyclotrimethylene trinitramine) was used on such a large scale after the Second World War.

According to the prosecution, in order to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid, members of the crime syndicate under the fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim along with other absconding accused Tiger Memon, Mohammed Dossa and Mustafa Dossa (who is presently facing trial) hatched a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India.

The prosecution said that the object of the crime was to commit terrorist acts with an intent to overawe the Government of India, to strike terror on the people, alienate section of the people and to harm the communal harmony.

It said that the conspirators smuggled firearms, ammunitions, detonators, hand grenades and highly explosive substances like RDX into India and stored it.

According to the prosecution, Mustafa Dossa, Tiger Memon and Chhota Shakeel organised training camps in Pakistan and in India to impart and undergo weapon and arms training and handling of explosives. They also sent men from India to Pakistan via Dubai for arms training.

The prosecution also said that the conspirators held 15 meetings before the execution of the blasts.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Jun 16, 2017 01:45 pm | Updated Date: Jun 16, 2017 02:19 pm


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