Mumbai blasts 1993 Verdict LIVE Updates: TADA court awards life term for Abu Salem, Karimullah; death sentence for Tahir Merchant, Feroz Khan

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New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2017 4:09:53 PM

Mumbai blasts 1993 case LIVE Updates: A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court has sentenced Abu Salem to life imprisonment in connection with the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case.

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Mumbai blasts 1993 case LIVE Updates: A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court has sentenced Abu Salem to life imprisonment in connection with the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case. The court has also warded life term for another convict Karimullah and slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh on him. The court on June 16 this year had convicted six people, including the mastermind of the attack Mustafa Dosa and Abu Salem on June 16 this year. 257 people were killed and over 700 injured as a series of blasts ripped through the financial capital of India on March 12, 1993. According to reports, the attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the ‘most wanted’ lists of the US and the Interpol.

Track LIVE Updates of Mumbai blasts 1993 case

3:00 PM: WATCH- Here are key takeaways of 1993 Mumbai Blasts verdict.

2:57 PM: Feroz was present for negotiations with customs officers for smooth landing of arms and ammunition.

2:53 PM: Feroz, with “vengeful perseverance in his sinew with a view to carry the blueprint of the plan into reality spearheaded the pre-landing arrangements,” said the verdict of June 16,

2:50 PM: The prosecution proved that he was one of the main conspirators, the court had held.

2:47 PM: The court had rejected Firoz’s defence that he was not Firoz Khan but one ‘Hamza.’

2:44 PM: The prosecution proved that he was a prominent and “trusted” member of the Dossa gang, and participated in all the “landings” of weapons effected by Dossa brothers in Raigad district, the court had held.

2:41 PM: The court had held that Tahir Merchant was amongst the main conspirators.

2:38 PM: He worked with (absconding conspirator) Tiger Memon, participated in several conspiracy meetings in Dubai. Tahir made travel arrangements, financed the stay and travel of several co-accused and facilitated their training in Pakistan, the court noted.

2:35 PM: “The role of Tahir in conspiracy is prominent. He is one of the initiators of the conspiracy,” the court said in its ruling on June 16.

2:32 PM: Dossa died of cardiac arrest at J J Hospital in Mumbai, shortly after being convicted, on June 28.

2:29 PM: The court had held that Tahir Merchant was amongst the main conspirators.

2:26 PM: He worked with (absconding conspirator) Tiger Memon, participated in several conspiracy meetings in Dubai. Tahir made travel arrangements, financed the stay and travel of several co-accused and facilitated their training in Pakistan, the court noted.

2:24 pm: “The role of Tahir in conspiracy is prominent. He is one of the initiators of the conspiracy,” the court said in its ruling on June 16.

2:19 PM: The court had rejected Firoz’s defence that he was not Firoz Khan but one ‘Hamza.’

2:14 PM: The trial of Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum was separated from the main case as they were arrested subsequently.

2:11 PM: Salem, who was close to (absconding accused Dawood Ibrahim’s brother) Anees Ibrahim and Dossa, took upon of himself to bring a part of arms and ammunition from Dighi to Mumbai, the court had said.

2:08 PM: 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.

2:05 PM: Dossa died of cardiac arrest at J J Hospital in Mumbai, shortly after being convicted, on June 28.

2:03 PM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about Mumbai blasts 1993 Verdict

1:59 PM: The trial of Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum was separated from the main case as they were arrested subsequently.

1:56 PM: 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.

1:53 PM: 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.

1:50 PM: All the seven accused were facing multiple charges which included criminal conspiracy, waging war against the Government of India and murder.

1:48 PM: 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).

1:45 PM: The court, however, let off accused Abdul Quayyum, for want of evidence. Notably, this was the second leg of the trial.

1:43 PM: WATCH- Here is what Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said

1:41 PM: Justice prevails in 1993 Mumbai Blasts with life imprisonment of Abu Salem. 104 accused convicted so far. Next should be Dawood Ibrahim, says Randeep Surjewala

1:39 PM: 1993 Mumbai Blasts Case: Convicts have been given sentences for different offences, all punishments will run concurrently.

1:37 PM: A special TADA court had in June convicted six persons, including mastermind Mustafa Dossa and Salem, in the blasts case, 24 years after the attacks left 257 people dead in the country’s financial capital.

1:34 PM: 1993 Mumbai Blasts Case: Convicts have been given sentences for different offences, all punishments will run concurrently, ANI reported.

1:32 PM: WATCH- Abu Salem gets life term, death sentence for two others

1:29 PM: Extradited gangster Abu Salem was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a Mumbai court in the 1993 serial blasts case. Besides Salem, the court also sentenced Karimullah Khan to life imprisonment in connection with the case.

1:27 PM: : Feroz is not Hamza as claimed by him. He is the same Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, who was declared a proclaimed offender in this case in 1993,” the court said.

1:24 PM: The court observed that Feroz was ‘a prominent member’ of the Dossa gang and was ‘actively involved’ in smuggling the arms and ammunition to India.

1:21 PM: WATCH- Here is what legal experts are saying about the verdict

1:17 PM: The central government will appeal for 25 years of imprisonment for Abu Salem, according to ABP news.

1:14 PM: Convicts will get set-off for the time they have served in jail: Ujjwal, Public Prosecutor on 1993 Mumbai Blasts case sentence

1:10 PM: WATCH: All you want to know about Mumbai blasts 1993 verdict

1:05 PM: Take a look at the quantum of punishment

Death Sentence

Tahir Merchant

Feroz Khan

Life Imprisonment

Abu Salem

Karimullah

10 years imprisonment for Riyaz Siddiqui

1:00 PM: TADA court sentences convict Tahir Merchant to death, Riyaz Siddiqui sentenced to 10 years in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts case

12:58 PM: Watch this video

12:48 PM: TADA court sentences convict Abu Salem to life imprisonment in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

12:43 PM: The CBI had sought death penalty for Karimullah

12:39 PM: Life term punishment for Karimullah

12:38 PM: WATCH- TADA court to announce quantum of punishment

12:35 PM: CBI has sought the death penalty for Feroz, Merchant and Karimullah, and life imprisonment for Salem and Siddiqui.

12:30 PM: Abu Salem and four other convicts are in court for quantum of sentence hearing in 1993 blast case

12:18 PM: The case against Mustafa Dossa was closed because he died on June 28 while the sentencing arguments were going on in court.

12:13 PM: The TADA court had earlier convicted all except Riyaz Siddiqui under charges including murder, criminal conspiracy and other sections of the Indian Penal Code, TADA Act, Explosive Substances Act, Explosives Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

12:08 PM: Siddiqui was convicted under Section 3 (3) of the TADA Act. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the death penalty for Feroz, Merchant and Karimullah, and life imprisonment for Salem and Siddiqui.

12:03 PM: Abu Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2005 and under the extradition treaty with the European nation, death penalty cannot be awarded to him.

12:00 PM: The CBI had claimed that the role of Dossa was “more severe” than Yakub Memon, who was hanged in July 2015 in the same case. The CBI had also claimed that Dossa, Merchant and Feroz, were “main conspirators”.

11:57 AM: This was the second leg of the trial – in the first leg that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.

11:54 AM: The Mumbai blast of March 12, 1993, resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the ‘most wanted’ lists of the US and the Interpol.

11:51 AM: All the accused were facing multiple charges like criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government and murder of people.

11:48 AM: Arguments over the degree of sentences continued after the conviction in June and concluded on August 10.

11:45 AM: A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court would pronounce the quantum of sentence against all the convicts of the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case on Thursday.

11:43 AM: The court had convicted six people, including the mastermind of the attack Mustafa Dosa and Abu Salem on June 16 this year.

11:40 AM: This was the second leg of the trial – in the first leg that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.

11:35 AM: The Mumbai blast of March 12, 1993, resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the ‘most wanted’ lists of the US and the Interpol.

11:03 AM: Arguments over the degree of sentences continued after the conviction in June and concluded on August 10. All the accused were facing multiple charges like criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government and murder of people.

11:00 AM: WATCH- All about Mumbai blasts 1993 verdict and Abu Salem

10:53 AM: A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court would pronounce the quantum of sentence against all the convicts of the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case on Thursday. The court had convicted six people, including the mastermind of the attack Mustafa Dosa and Abu Salem on June 16 this year.

10:48 AM: Salvi added that the sentence for Abu Salem can differ as he was extradited from Portugal. “Portugal doesn’t have death sentence. We cannot give him death sentence because of the extradition treaty,” he said.

10:43 AM: Ahead of the hearing which will pronounce the quantum of sentence of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Advocate Deepak Salvi has indicated that most of the convicts are likely to get death sentences.

10:40 AM: Speaking to ANI about the special court hearing tomorrow, he said, “There are seven accused in front of the court right now. Six of them have been convicted. One was convicted for abetment of conspiracy for which the maximum punishment is life sentence. The other six are convicted for the main conspiracy for which their punishment can be death sentence.”

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