6 suspects convicted in 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

However, the above accused were acquitted of the charge of waging war against Government of India under Section 121 of IPC. Accused Abdul Qayyum was acquitted of all charges in the case.

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court convicted 100 accused, while 23 people were acquitted.

"After the court verdict, when DNA spoke to CBI counsel Deepak Salvi to seek his response to the judgment, he said "it was a brilliant one" and that the prosecution would now concentrate on the arguments of seeking maximum punishment to the accused".

The court while passing its verdict against Abu Salem held that he would not be held guilty for offences which were withdrawn by the CBI, as the treaty signed between India and Portugal did not allow the court to punish the accused with death. The court will now decide the quantum of punishment of all convicts in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. Though not alleged to have been present in any of the 15 conspiracy meetings, Salem was dubbed as one of the main conspirators for "acting in consonance with the object of the conspiracy hatched" by absconding accused Anees Ibrahim and Dossa.

Salem has been convicted for murder, attempt to murder, conspiring to execute a terrorist act, concealing a terrorist and facilitating a terrorist to execute a destructive act. With the increasing heat from the police and growing list of serious accusations against him, he fled the country and found refuge in Portugal, where he stayed until his arrest in 2005. Another accused Riaz Siddiqui was convicted under Section 3 (3) of TADA Act which invites a minimum prison term of five years.

After his release from Mumbai jail, Khan came to Delhi and in 2010 was again arrested from Kalyanpuri under the Arms Act for carrying illicit arms.

In 2015, he was also contacted by the underworld for killing Chhota Rajan, who is now lodged in Tihar Jail.

Besides Salem, four others have also been found guilty under various charges in the same case. The court upheld the prosecution's charge that Dossa asked his brother Mohammed to organise landing of arms and ammunition, making arrangements for sending the perpetrators to Pakistan for training, and facilitating their entry into India. The other spots include Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan in Dadar, opposite the passport office near Century Bazaar in Worli, Fishermen's colony in Mahim, the basement of Air India building in Nariman Point, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza theatre, Centaur hotel in Juhu, Sahar airport and Centaur Hotel at the airport.

July 27, 2007: The death sentence is awarded to Yakub by TADA Judge P.D. Kode.

These are the latest convictions in a long-running case that at its outset involved 189 defendants.

The attack was planned by Tiger Memon, Mohammad Dossa and Mustafa Dossa under the dreaded don Dawood Ibrahim as revenge for the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

  • Zachary Reyes