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SC upholds 1 death sentence in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

While upholding one death sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, the Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence of 10 other convicts to life imprisonment on the ground that the convicts had been behind bars for 20 years and their economic condition was weak.

The Supreme Court has upheld one death sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The apex court has commuted the death sentence of 10 other convicts to life imprisonment. The SC commuted the death sentences on the ground that the convicts were behind bars for 20 years and their economic condition was weak.

The training of convicts in Pakistan materialised in the 1993 blasts, the SC said.

The management and conspiracy of 1993 blasts was done by Dawood Ibrahim and others in Pakistan, it said.

The accused were trained in bomb making and to handle sophisticated weapons in Pakistan, the apex court said.

The Supreme Court said Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, was also involved in the 1993 blasts.

The Court said the police, customs and coastal guards are also to be blamed for the 1993 blasts.

Yakub Memon and all absconding accused (Dawood Ibrahim and others) were "archers" and rest of the accused were "arrows" in their hands, the SC said.

The apex court upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in the case.

The SC upheld the conviction of Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in the 1993 blasts case. The SC, however, reduced Dutt’s six-year jail term given by the TADA court to five years.

The SC upheld the life sentence of 16 out of 18 convicts sentenced by the TADA court.

The life sentence of Ashrafur Rehman Azimulla was reduced to 10 years, while that of Imtiyaz Yunusmiya Ghavte to the jail term already undergone.

SC said that life term convicts will remain in jail till their death.

It said convicts who are on bail, including Sanjay Dutt, will have to surrender within four weeks.

The SC said the circumstances and nature of offence was so serious that Dutt cannot be released on probation.

It said evidence and materials perused by the TADA court in arriving at the decision against Dutt was correct.

The SC dismissed all appeals of the convicts except that of Mubina alias Baya Moosa Bhiwandiwala and that of Mulchand Sampatraj Shah.

Published on March 21, 2013

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