Thirteen years after the serial bomb blasts rocked the city, a TADA court on Thursday said it would deliver verdict on August 10 and asked all the 123 accused, including film actor Sanjay Dutt, to remain present on that day.
Designated Judge PD Kode also asked the accused not to leave the jurisdiction of the court and remain present on August 10 when he would deliver the verdict.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam welcomed the court's decision to give the verdict saying the accused had waited for 13 years to hear the decision.
Eighty-six accused on bail, including Sanjay Dutt, appeared on Thursday while 37 others, including extradited gangsters Abu Salem, Ejaz Pathan and Mustaffa Dossa, who are in custody, were produced in keeping with the orders of the court.
Sanjay is charged with possessing an AK-56 rifle and later destroying it with the help of his friends.
However, the actor has denied the charge by retracting his statement to the police. The witnesses examined by the prosecution in his case also turned hostile.
In this case, the CBI had claimed that Dawood Ibrahim had masterminded the blasts and gangster Abu Salem had gone to the residence of Dutt to deliver the weapon.
CBI has also charged Salem with distributing arms to co-accused. Salem too has denied the charge by retracting his police statement.
About 13,000 pages of evidence has been recorded and more than 600 witnesses have already deposed, prosecutor Nikam said.
Altogether 257 people were killed and 713 injured when series of explosions rocked 13 places in the city. Property worth Rs 27 crore was destroyed in the blasts.