Life term to Abu Salem, Karimullah Khan for murder and conspiracy - watsupptoday.com
Life term to Abu Salem, Karimullah Khan for murder and conspiracy
Posted 07 Sep 2017 12:54 PM

Agencies
There will be some sense of closure for the families of over 250 innocent victims when a special TADA court today announces the quantum of sentence against Abu Salem and the four others found guilty in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. A series of 12 blasts ripped through the city within a span of two hours, leaving 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and damaging properties worth Rs 27 crore.
Arguments over the degree of sentences continued after the conviction in June and concluded on August 10.
On June 16, the court had found extradited gangster Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Tahir Merchant guilty Salem, who was extradited from Portugal in 2005, was charged with supplying the arms and ammunition, including the deadly RDX, which were used in the blasts.
Mustafa Dossa, on the other hand, was convicted under section IPC 302 and IPC 307 and he was found guilty of taking part in the blasts conspiracy meetings held in India and Dubai before the terror strike was carried out at 12 targets in Mumbai. He was also found guilty of arranging for the arms and ammunition for the blasts with his brother Mohammed Dossa and making travel arrangements for some of the persons involved to meet absconder mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.
Tahir Merchant was convicted under section IPC 120 B, IPC 302, IPC 307, IPC 324, IPC 326, IPC 201, IPC 212, Arms act, Explosive Act, 3 (3) TADA Act.
Another accused Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan was convicted under section IPC 120 B, IPC 302, IPC 307, IPC 324, IPC 326, IPC 201, IPC 212, Arms Act, Explosive Act, 3 (3) TADA Act.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has sought a life sentence for Salem, who will enjoy protection under section 34 (C) of the Extradition Act between India and Portugal. As per the provision, if the law of the country from where an accused has been extradited does not provide for capital punishment, he cannot be awarded death sentence.
Concluding his submissions before Special TADA court judge GA Sanap on the quantum of sentence for the convicts on July 5, special public prosecutor for the Central Bureau of Investigation Deepak Salvi said, “Though he deserves death, I am bound to seek a life sentence”.
"Salem is a habitual offender and an incorrigible recidivist, hence leaving no room whatsoever for the accused to assert that there is even a faint glimmer of hope for the accused to reform," said Salvi, before adding, "In the circumstances, though nothing short of the death penalty would aptly fit the demonic crime committed by him," he concluded, "it is prayed, albeit with a heavy heart and a reluctant disposition... to award the punishment for life imprisonment."

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