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1993 Mumbai blasts: After Sanjay Dutt, 7 convicts get 4 more weeks to surrender

A day after actor Sanjay Dutt was granted four weeks time to surrender, seven other convicts including 70-year-old Zaibunnisa Anwar Kazi, were also given the same amount of time by the Supreme Court to turn themselves in to serve their remaining sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Granting relief to Anjum Abdul Razak Memon, Altaf Ali Sayed, Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, Zaibunnisa, Issaq Mohd Hajwane, Shariff Abdul Gafoor Parker alias Dadabhai and Kesri Adajania, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said no further time will be given to anyone to surrender on any ground.

The court granted the relief on Thursday, the day the deadline fixed by it for them to surrender was set to expire.  

Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt; File Pic

The bench, however, refused to grant relief to another convict Yusuf Khan, who had sought extension of time to surrender till his review petition is decided by the Supreme Court, saying that relief cannot be granted on this ground.

The apex court had on March 21 upheld the sentence of five years imprisonment of Yusuf Khan.

The court had also upheld the jail term of life imprisonment, 10 years and five years respectively of Memon, Sayed and Nulwalla.

Apart from them, the court had also upheld the TADA court's verdict awarding five-years and life term to Zaibunnisa (70), who is suffering from cancer, and Parker (86), respectively.

The apex court had enhanced the five-year jail term of Hajwane (76) to life imprisonment and had awarded one-year jail term to Adajania (84).

The apex court had on April 16 refused to grant extension of the deadline to surrender to Zaibunnisa, Hajwane and Parker, who had pleaded they be allowed to remain out of jail till their clemency pleas were decided by the President.

A day thereafter, Dutt, 53, was granted four weeks to surrender after he urged the court to extend the deadline on humanitarian grounds. Other convicts, including Zaibunnisa then filed a petition seeking relief on health and humanitarian grounds which was accepted by the apex court and they were also granted four weeks to surrender.  

Dutt, 53, had sought six months time to surrender to complete his seven movies in which producers have invested over Rs 278 crore.

While giving four weeks to Dutt to surrender on humanitarian grounds, the apex court had made it clear that no further extension will be granted to him.

The apex court had on April 16 dismissed the pleas of three convicts, Zaibunnisa, Hajwane and Abdul Gafoor Parker alias Dadabhai, for extension of time to surrender on the ground that their clemency pleas are pending before the President. The three convicts had also sought time to surrender to undergo their remaining jail term on medical grounds.

The bench, however, had said that once a person is asked to surrender he has to surrender and only after surrendering, he can make such plea.

The apex court had on March 21 upheld the TADA court's verdict of five-year jail term to Zaibunnisa who is suffering from cancer.

It had also enhanced to life imprisonment the five-year jail term awarded to Hajwane by the trial court. He spent five years in prison during the trial in the case.

The life sentence was awarded by the TADA court to Parker was upheld by the apex court. He has already served over 14 years in jail.  

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