In a setback to prosecution, a TADA court on Thursday acquitted five accused in the 1993 bomb blast case who were charged with going to Dubai on way to Pakistan for arms training, saying the evidence against them was "weak" and fell short of conviction.
However, the court convicted Sarfaraz Phanse, an aide of prime conspirator Tiger Memon, for aiding terrorist acts by facilitating the landing of arms and explosives at Shekhadi coast in Raigad district which were used in the 1993 blasts.
Phanse is son of Dawood Takla, who was convicted last week for attending conspiracy meeting called by prime conspirator Dawood Ibrahim in Dubai to plot the 1993 serial explosions.
Phanse, who faces maximum punishment of life imprisonment, was however, acquitted of the conspiracy charge.
Mansoor Qureshi, Shaikh Kasam Babulal, Sultan-e-rome Ali Gul, Abdul Aziz Kader and Mohammed Iqbal Ibrahim were acquitted as the prosecution failed to prove that they had gone to Dubai for arms training.
CBI alleged that they could not go to Pakistan from Dubai as conspirators did not make their travel arrangements. They were also acquitted of charges of attending conspiracy meeting in Dubai.
The court observed that only one of them had given a confession which had not been accepted as it was not properly recorded. The others had not given confessions.
The judge P D Kode said although the accused had gone to Dubai in February 1993, there was no evidence to show that they had gone there to take part in the conspiracy.