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Six more sentenced by TADA court

india Updated: May 25, 2007 03:59 IST
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On the fifth day of awarding sentences in the 1993 serial blasts case, the special Terrorist And Disruptive Activities (prevention) court on Thursday pronounced sentences on six convicts including a father-son duo.

Special Judge Pramod Kode sentenced Sharif Parkar, one of the main agents involved in the landing operation of arms and ammunition at Shekhadai and Dighi jetties in Raigad, to 14 years’ rigorous imprisonment and asked him to pay a fine of Rs 3 lakh.

Judge Kode said Parkar was not involved in the blasts’ conspiracy and that his role was limited to helping prime conspirator Tiger Memon. Judge Kode said: “Parkar’s role is limited in aiding and abetting the conspirators. It would be unfair to give the same punishment to a person who commits the crime and the person who abets it.” Parkar, who was second-in-command to main landing agent Dawood Phanse, has already spent 14 years in custody as an undertrial. The 73-year-old thanked the judge with folded hands and took a seat next to his son, Mujib Parkar, also a convict. Mujib himself was sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 25,000 for aiding and abetting his father in landing the consignment of arms and ammunition. Mujib however, will have to serve a four-year sentence as he has only spent a year in custody.

Drivers Suleiman Ghavate and Sayyed Abdul Rehman — both handpicked by main accused Tiger Memon who is still absconding to transport the consignment — were sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 25,000 each.

The court also sentenced Raju Jain and main landing agent Dawood Phanse’s son Sarfaraz. While Sarfaraz was sentenced to nine years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 25,000, Jain was given seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1 lakh for arranging for three jeeps for transporting arms and ammunition.