TADA court will convey its judgment, today, in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case against mafia don Abu Salem and six others. Distant from Abu Salem, other accused includes Mustafa Dossa, Mohammed Tahir Merchant a.k.a. Tahir Takla, Abdul Qayyum, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan.
The attacks took place at the Fisherman’s Colony in Mahim causeway, Plaza Cinema, Bombay Stock Exchange Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Century Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Katha Bazaar, the Air India Building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, Worli and the Passport Office. Besides, grenades were thrown at Sahar Airport. The 1993 Mumbai blasts left 257 citizens dead, 713 critically injured and smashed properties worth 27 crore rupees.
The case concerning the seven accused was initially heard by Judge Pramod Kode, who had also delivered the decision in the first leg of the trial and crooked 100 accused and released 23 in 2007. Afterward, judge DU Mullah presided over the TADA court, and judge GA Sanap is currently hearing the case.
The court, in overall, recorded statements of approximately 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses. Three accused counting Salem confessed to their crime all through investigations carried out by the CBI over the years in the blasts case. Although the hearing in the case initiated in 2007, it was overdue as three petitions were pending with the Supreme Court, one each filed by Dossa and Salem, and an additional by CBI.
The trial resumed in 2012 and concluded this March. It was all through the trial in 2013 that the Supreme Court marked a verdict on an appeal filed by all the accused in which key conspirator Yakub Memon’s death sentence was incorrigible, at the same time as that of others (all bomb planters) were transformed to life imprisonment.