Mumbai blasts: Death sentence to Taher Merchant, life term to Abu Salem

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Life Sentence has been given to Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan by the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court who were convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

Riyaz Ahmed Siddiqui (67) was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. The court had concluded hearing on the punishment to be awarded to the convicts on 10th of last month.

Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan and Tahir Merchant were sentenced to death after being convicted of conspiracy in the blasts.

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Sentencing him to life imprisonment, the court said that he had complete knowledge of the conspiracy since he was part of the arms landing as well as one conspiracy meeting where Tiger Memon had discussed taking revenge of the riots.

March 12, 1993: A powerful bomb auto explosion at 1:30 pm in the basement of the Bombay Stock Exchange building, kills 50 people.

April 9, 2015: Supreme Court dismisses Memon's petition seeking review of death sentence which was upheld by apex court.

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The court had earlier held that prosecution proved Salem was one of the main conspirators and he delivered three AK-56 rifles and ammunition and hand grenades to actor Sanjay Dutt (convicted in earlier phase of trial under the Arms Act).

"The maximum sentence is the death sentence but this man can not be awarded the death sentence". Twelve convicts awarded death penalty and 20 given life sentence.

Abu Salem was extradited in 2005 from Portugal and he has escaped the death sentence because India, to bring him back to face trial, guaranteed to the Portuguese that he would not be hanged.

Abu Salem and Karimullah, two of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai Blast Case, have been handed over life imprisonment by a special TADA court on Thursday.

Lawyers for the convicted men did not answer their telephones, and it was not immediately known if they would appeal against the sentences. The court had pronounced them guilty of the blasts on June 16, but had postponed spelling out the quantum of punishment.