The special TADA court on Monday convicted Ejaz Pathan on charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting other conspirators in facilitating transportation of arms and ammunition into Mumbai.
He is also accused of providing men and also possessing weapons that were a part of the original consignment meant for carrying out the blasts.
The court also convicted an aide Mohammed Dawood Khan for possessing weapons that Pathan had handed over to him.
Judge Pramod Kode convicted Pathan on basis of a confessional statement given to the CBI after he was deported from Dubai in 2003, and also on basis of statements given by other co-accused.
Pathan was held guilty of attending conspiracy meetings held in Dubai along with absconding accused Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon, Ayub Memon, Anees Ibrahim, Mohammed and Mustafa Dossa, in which the plans for carrying out strikes in Mumbai were chalked out.
Pathan, wearing track pants and a blue coloured T-shirt, with his right hand in a sling, was stoic till the time the judge read out his statement.
The one-time gangster, who was the manager of former gangster Karim Lala and then took over the business of narcotics after his demise, started venting his anger.
He repeatedly kept saying, "The jail officials did not provide any treatment to me until the court ordered it."
He also showed his displeasure towards the CBI. "Sir, murder ke baad UAE government nain hume bola tha tum world mein kise bhi jagah jana chahte ho toh chale jao. Uske mutabik, Dawood Ibrahim, Anees Ibrahim aur Tiger Memon Pakistan chale gaye, aur mein India aa gaya."(After the murder [read as murder of Dawood aide Sharad Shetty killed on January 18, 2003 at the India house in Dubai] the UAE police had detained many people including Dawood. Then they gave us an option of leaving Duabi and going to any part of the world. Accordingly, Dawood Ibrahim, Anees and Tiger Memon went to Pakistan but I came to India.)
Pathan was deported from Dubai on February 20, 2003 and has since then been in custody at the Arthur Road prison.
Pathan added, "Jaabse mein lota hu, mere halaath bura kar de hai, mein chalte aya tha aur teen saal mein unhone mujhe wheel chair pe bitha diya hai." (When I returned I was on my feet. Now I have to use the wheel chair to move around). "If the CBI can spend 50 crores on Abu Salem then why cant it do on me? Please allow me to take treatment at Lilavati Hospital as I don't trust the medication given to me in givernment hospitals."
Pathan's lawyer Abbas Kazmi said, "Pathan, who is now 54-years-old, suffers from several diseases including diabetes, hypertension, catract, blood clot in the brain. He has undergone two major operations of catract and cardio and a major operation to remove the blood clot is required. Thus, we have moved an application before the court to take Pathan to JJ hospital for undergoing an MRI scan test."
Judge Kode also convicted Pathan aide Dawood Khan for keeping in his possession three AK-56 rifles and nine magazines, which were later recovered by the police.
The TADA court has till now pronounced judgment on 101 accused, of which 79 have been convicted and 22 acquitted.