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India: 1993 Mumbai blasts: Sanjay Dutt gets 5 yrs in jail, death for Yakub Memon upheld


New Delhi, (Agencies):

The Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and commuted the death sentence of 10 others. The court sentenced Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, an accused in the case, to five years in prison. Dutt had been sentenced to six years jail term for possessing a weapon illegally and had spent 16 months in jail after his arrest in 1993. He was, however, acquitted of the stringent charges under TADA.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had also moved appeals seeking enhancement of sentence of 47 persons who were convicted of lesser offence. CBI had filed 48 appeals of which 20 were against those who were acquitted of all the charges. The CBI hadn't appealed against Dutt's acquittal under TADA.

The serial blasts left 257 persons dead and injured 700 in Mumbai on March 12, 1993. A special TADA court in Mumbai had pronounced death to 12 and sentenced 20 to life imprisonment.

Yakub Memon, brother of absconding Tiger Memon, was one of those sentenced to death. Tiger Memon along with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Mohammed Dossa were alleged to have hatched the conspiracy in Dubai to carry out the serial blasts following the communal riots that broke out post-Babri masjid demolition.

The special anti-terrorism court in Mumbai had commenced the trial on November 4, 1993, and pronounced its 4,230-page verdict on July 31, 2007.

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