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TADA court convicts six

TADA court convicts six

 Jun 16, 2017

The specially constituted Terrorism and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act court ,in Mumbai has convicted six including Abu Salem  in the Bombay blasts case that resulted in the deaths of 267 people and injuries to 713 others in 1993. It acquitted Abdul Qayyum  Shaikh.  Now, 25 years later, seven of the accused, Mustafa Dossa, Abu Salem, Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqi, Abdul Qayyum Shaikh, and Karimulla Khan have been charged with criminal conspiracy, waging a war against the state, and murder under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Though the TADA act and its special provisions were repealed in 1995, cases initiated while it was in force will hold legal validity.
On May 29, Judge GA Sanap of the TADA court had rejected an application filed by the lawyers for the accused seeking postponement of the date of pronouncement post Ramzan.
Of the accused Abu Salem was extradited from Portugal after a lengthy procedural wrangle. The main brain behind the entire operations, Dawood Ibrahim, however, is safely ensconced in Karachi and is variously reported to have been taken to a safer place, and has also been described as seriously ill.
The court had in September 2006 convicted 100 and acquitted 23 accused. Of them, 99 were handed out sentences, while one was acquitted under the Probation of Offenders Act (POA). The first execution in the case was carried out in July 2015 when Yakub Memon was hanged in Nagpur jail.

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