1993 Mumbai blasts: Jail for Sanjay Dutt, death for Yakub Memon
Supreme Court today sentenced actor Sanjay Dutt to 5 years in jail for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts and upheld the death sentence of Yakub Memon.
The Supreme Court Thursday sentenced Sanjay Dutt to 5 years in jail and confirmed the death sentence of Yakub Memon in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
The apex court commuted the death sentence of 10 others to life imprisonment.
Dutt will have to serve three-and-a-half years in jail, as he has already served 18 months.
An anti-terror TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away.
The actor was convicted in November 2006 for illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle but was acquitted of more serious charges of criminal conspiracy under the now defunct anti-terror TADA.
After a marathon 10-month-long hearing starting November 1, 2011, the Supreme Court had in August 2012 reserved its verdict on appeals and cross-appeals in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case in which 257 people were killed and 713 were injured.
During the hearing, the bench had for the first time used laptops in the court to peruse the voluminous documents and records of the case and the submissions of various counsel.
1993 Mumbai blasts backgrounder
As many as 257 people were killed and 713 injured in the serial blasts that rocked 12 locations in Mumbai on March 12, 1993. Property worth Rs 30 crore was damaged in the terror strike.
The fishermen's colony at Mahim Causeway, Bombay Stock Exchange, Zaveri Bazar, Plaza Cinema in Dadar, Century Bazaar in Worli, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur and a petrol pump opposite the Sena Bhavan were some of the places that were targeted.
According to the CBI, fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, along with Pakistant's ISI, engineered the blasts, and Tiger Memon and his brother Ayub were the main conspirators.