Mumbai: 1993 Mumbai blasts case: The TADA court sentences convict Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan to life imprisonment.
Apart from Salem and Khan, three other convicts- Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Merchant and Riyaz Siddiqui will hear the quantum of sentence today.
CBI had sought the death penalty for Feroz, Merchant and Karimullah, and life imprisonment for Salem and Siddiqui.
The mastermind of the 1993 serial blasts which had killed 257 and injured 713 people, Mustafa Dossa had been convicted by the Court on June 16 this year.
The case against Mustafa Dossa was closed because he died on June 28 while the sentencing arguments were going on in court.
257 people were killed and over 700 injured as a series of blasts ripped through the financial capital of India on March 12, 1993. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, Indias most wanted fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the most wanted lists of the US and the Interpol.
1993 Mumbai blasts sentencing: Abu Salem is convicted and sentenced to a life term for transporting arms and ammunition to Mumbai from Bharuch in Gujarat. The Tada Court also awards the death penalty to Tahir Merchant. Riyaz Siddique sentenced to 10 years in jail.
To encapsulate the pronouncement of the sentence:
Abu Salem: Life term and a fine of Rs 2 lakh
Karimullah Khan: Life term and a fine of Rs 2 lakh
Riyaz Siddique: 10 years in jail
Tahir Merchant: Death penalty
Firoz Khan: Death penalty