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1993 Mumbai blasts sentencing as it happened: Abu Salem gets life; Tahir Merchant, Feroz Khan get death penalty

The TADA court will pronounce the quantum of punishment of five convicts, including extradited gangster Abu Salem, in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

FP Staff September 07, 2017 13:56:24 IST
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1993 Mumbai blasts sentencing as it happened: Abu Salem gets life; Tahir Merchant, Feroz Khan get death penalty

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Abu Salem's role in the 1993 blasts

The court had earlier held that prosecution proved Salem was one of the main conspirators and he delivered three AK-56 rifles and ammunition and hand grenades to actor Sanjay Dutt (convicted in earlier phase of trial under the Arms Act).

Salem, who was close to (Dawood's brother) Anees Ibrahim and Dossa, took upon of himself to bring a part of arms and ammunition from Dighi to Mumbai, the court earlier said.

This was "vital towards achievement of the conspiracy so that the weapons could be used to terrorise and torment innocent citizens of India," the court had said. — PTI

Sept 07, 2017 - 13:26 (IST)

Salem's life sentence will be converted to 25 years in prison only if govt commutes it: CBI special counsel

Sept 07, 2017 - 13:19 (IST)

Ball is in the court of govt of India: Ex-joint commissioner on Abu Salem's life sentence

"The court has given a life sentence to Abu Salem. But the ball is in the court of the government of India," YC Pawar, former joint commisioner, told CNN-News18.

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The verdict so far

Karimullah Khan awarded life sentence, fine of Rs 2 alkh

Abu Salem awarded life sentence, fine of Rs 2 lakh

Tahir Merchant, Feroz Khan awarded death penalty

Riaz Siddiqui awarded ten years in prison

Sept 07, 2017 - 13:10 (IST)

Roles of Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan in the Mumbai blasts

According to CNN-News18, Tahir Merchant sent Indian youths for weapons training to Pakistan whereas Feroz Khan was Mustafa Dossa's close aide and ensured arms and ammunition reached Dighi. Khan also manged police, customs and destroyed arms and ammunition after the blasts.

Sept 07, 2017 - 13:03 (IST)

Feroz Khan also awarded death sentence: Reports

Sept 07, 2017 - 13:01 (IST)

Riyaz Siddiqui sentenced to ten years in prison

Sept 07, 2017 - 13:00 (IST)

Tahir Merchant awarded death sentence: News18

The special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) court will on Thursday pronounce the quantum of punishment of five convicts, including extradited gangster Abu Salem, in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Judge GA Sanap had on 16 June convicted Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Tahir Merchant for their role in hatching the conspiracy for the blasts. Another accused, Abdul Kayuum, was acquitted.

1993 Mumbai blasts sentencing as it happened Abu Salem gets life Tahir Merchant Feroz Khan get death penalty

File image of Abu Salem. PTI

The court had concluded hearing on the quantum of punishment on 10 August. Judge Sanap had said he would pronounce the sentence on 7 September.

The prosecution had demanded death for Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Feroz Khan and Tahir Merchant, and life sentence for Siddiqui. However, Dossa, one of the masterminds of the conspiracy (apart from absconding accused Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and others) died of cardiac arrest on 28 June.

The prosecution had said that Salem too deserved death, but it cannot demand the maximum penalty for him because of the Indian Extradition Act.

Under section 34 (C) of the Act, if the country from where an accused has been extradited does not have a law that provides for capital punishment, he or she cannot be sentenced to death. Such a convict, however, can be awarded life term in jail.

In the first set of trial in the case which concluded in 2007, the court had convicted 100 accused, including Yakub Memon (who got death penalty) and actor Sanjay Dutt.

The trial of Salem and others was separated as they were arrested later.

The serial blasts in the countrys financial capital on 12 March, 1993 left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured, and destroyed property worth Rs 27 crore.

In the present trial, except for Riyaz Siddiqui, the court had convicted other five of criminal conspiracy and murder under the IPC and provisions of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act. Siddiqui was convicted only under the TADA for helping Salem and others in transporting arms and ammunition.

All of them were absolved of the charge of waging war against the nation under section 121 of IPC.

While Dossa arranged for landing of explosives, including RDX in India, and sent some youths to Pakistan for arms training, Salem transported arms and ammunition from Gujarat coast to Mumbai.

He also handed over AK-56 rifles, 250 rounds of ammunition, and some hand grenades to Dutt. He was accused of later collected two rifles and some ammunition back from the actors residence.

The court had dropped certain charges against Salem in 2013 after the investigating agency, CBI, said those were in violation of the extradition treaty between India and Portugal from where Salem was deported in 2005.

With inputs from agencies

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