1993 Mumbai blasts verdict: Acquitted of all charges, Abdul Qayyum released from Arthur Road jail
Abdul Qayyum, who was acquitted of all the charges by the special TADA court in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was released from the Arthur Road jail.
Mumbai: Abdul Qayyum, who was acquitted of all the charges by the special TADA court in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was on Saturday released from the Arthur Road jail.
"Abdul Qayyum was released at around 5.15 pm today (Saturday) following the Court's order," Arthur Road jail superintendent, Harshad Ahirrao told PTI.
Qayyum, speaking to reporters here after his release, said that he will continue to stay in the country and start a business of his own to earn a living.
"I request (authorities) that the innocent should be spared and not made to suffer. India is my country and I will stay here and do business to earn a livelihood," Qayyum said.
257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai on 12 March, 1993.
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim along with Tiger Memon are the prime conspirators in the case.
Special TADA court on Friday found Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa guilty of criminal conspiracy charges.
Along with the two gangsters, Firoz Khan, Karimullah Khan, Taher Merchant were also found guilty of conspiracy charges levelled against them.
Accused Riaz Siddiqui was convicted under TADA Act but was acquitted of all other charges.
According to the TADA court, prosecution failed to prove charges of conspiracy against Siddiqui.
The Court has set next hearing date on 20 June, to decide the date for argument on quantum of sentence.
A day after senior Pakistan diplomat admitted that one of India's most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim was in his country, India on Saturday said the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast dossier has "never" been closed and it will not rest till those responsible for the heinous attacks were brought to justice.
The CBI has registered a case against gangster Chhota Rajan and his accomplices and taken over the probe into the murder of Hanif Kadawala, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case who gave an AK-56 rifle to actor Sanjay Dutt.
Maharashtra police on Monday said it would take at least 15 days to decide whether to keep actor Sanjay Dutt in the high security Arthur Road jail in Mumbai where he is presently lodged or to shift him elsewhere.