New Delhi, June 19: In connection to the 1993 Mumbai blast case, the TADA court is expected to hear the arguments on quantum of punishment for convicts on Tuesday as the proceedings were adjourned on Monday. In this regard, the lawyer representing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that they will argue for extreme punishment for those convicted.
Abdul Wahab Khan, Defence lawyer, earlier made an application to the Court and sought two weeks time to prepare arguments on the quantum of sentence. But the TADA court rejected his plea saying the matter was urgent and hence could not be adjourned for much longer.
Defence lawyer Khan also pleaded to examine three witnesses for defence of his client Feroz Khan, which was allowed by the Court.
Six people were convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blast case, including gangster Abu Salem. It was a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court that convicted Salem and others in connection to the incident.
According to CBI lawyer, Deepak Salve, it was Mustafa Dossa who conducted a conspiracy meeting in Dubai which was then attended by Dawood Ibrahim and others. Reportedly, they hatched the conspiracy to attack Mumbai to take revenge of the demolition of Babri Masjid.
257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993.
Abu Salem was convicted under charges of conspiracy and terror activities but was acquitted of some charges of TADA which he was framed initially. While Riyaz Siddique was also convicted under TADA and other charges, but the court believed prosecution failed to prove conspiracy charges against Riyaz. Mustafa Dossa was found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities in the case and Firoz khan was convicted under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of IPC, TADA and Explosives Act.
Apart from that, Tahir Merchant and Karimullah Shaikh were also convicted. However, accused Abdul Qayyum was acquitted of all charges in the case & the Court ordered his release on personal bond.