Mumbai, June 16: A former judge with the Supreme Court Justice (Retd) BN Srikrishna claimed that the probe in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts was conducted without evidence, as the last leg of the verdict is just a few minutes away. Justice BN Srikrishna, appointed by the PV Narsimha Rao, had headed the judicial inquiry commission report on the 1993 Mumbai blasts which took place on March 12, 1993. Srikrishna said that most of the investigations were carried out without evidence, reports News18. Also Read - IPL 2021, KKR vs MI Match 5 at MA Chidambaram Stadium: Weather Forecast, Pitch Report, Predicted Playing XIs, Head to Head, Toss Timing, Squads For Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Srikrishna also said that his recommendations were not implemented in full. He also said that he had even questioned the manner in which the investigations were carried out in the case. “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,” said Justice Srikrishna. Also Read - Sharad Pawar Undergoes Gall Bladder Surgery in Mumbai, Stable
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During the investigations, the Shiv Sena-BJP government in Mumbai had slammed the inquiry commission report stating that the inquiry commission had prepared over 600 pages to the riots and hence, wasn’t a proper report. Srikrishna said that for the inquiry, all he had was the police report.
“If you would have followed the riots commission you would realise that whenever I had asked questions on the bomb blasts, an objection was raised saying that the matter is sub-judice in a criminal court or a criminal trial is underway. That was a standard answer, and therefore I had nothing with me except the police investigation report, which I have used extensively,” said the former Supreme Court judge, reports News18.
About reopening of the old cases, Srikrishna said that he doesn’t see why old cases should be reopened. “Some people are being prosecuted and the verdict will decide they are guilty or not. Let’s not think of anything else, let’s only see that there are some people who have been accused of a heinous crime, and the court is just going to decide whether they are guilty or not,” Justice Srikrishna said.
After the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by the kar sevaks, a victory rally was held by BJP and Shiv Sena in Mumbai which eventually led to communal riots in the city. BN Srikrishna was also appointed to figure out if the March 12 blasts had anything to do with riots.
In the report, Srikrishna stated: “Tiger Memon, the key figure in the serial bomb blasts case, and his family, had suffered extensively during the riots and therefore can be said to have had deep-rooted motive for revenge…. There was a large amorphous body of angry, frustrated and desperate Muslims keen to seek revenge for the perceived injustice done to and atrocities perpetrated on them or to other members of their community and it is this sense of revenge which spawned the conspiracy of the serial blasts. The anti-Muslim riots appear to have been a causative factor of the blasts.”
A special Terrorism And Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court will today pronounce its judgment against seven accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts — Mustafa Dossa, Abu Salem, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui, Abdul Qayyum Shaikh and Karimullah Khan — will face charges including criminal conspiracy, murder under Sections of the Indian Penal Code, waging war against Government of India, and under Sections of the Indian Explosives Act and Explosive Substances Act. Abu Salem is one of the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The deadly blasts in Mumbai left 257 dead, 713 injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore.