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1993 blasts trial sentencing postponed

india Updated: Apr 16, 2007 16:16 IST

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The TADA court hearing the 1993 Mumbai blasts case on Monday indicated that the sentencing of the 100 convicts, including actor Sanjay Dutt, will not begin this month.

Special Judge Pramod Kode delayed the decision on the application filed by 68 accused seeking 'parity' with Sanjay and quashing of TADA charges under which they were convicted till May 9.

Therefore, it is unlikely that court would start pronouncement of sentences on April 19 -- as was earlier assumed.

On April 19, the court will only consider two new applications, moved by convicts Zebunnisa and Salim Durani, seeking release under Probation of Offenders Act.

Zebunnisa has also pleaded that she be given lesser sentence than the minimum sentence prescribed under TADA -- which is five years in her case.

Sanjay's, whose application under POA is pending before the court, was present in the court today. But the court is likely to decide on his application at the time of the announcement of the sentence, prosecution sources said.