The Special TADA court on Friday convicted two more Tiger Memon aides Sardar Shahwali Khan and Altaf Ali Sayyed for aiding and abetting conspirators in committing preparatory acts.
Judge Pramod Kode convicted Khan on the charge of conspiracy, undergoing training in arms and ammunition at Sandheri under Tiger Memon and participating in the landing and transportation of arms and ammunition, which landed at Shekhadi.
Khan was convicted for attending pre-blast meetings in Mumbai and surveying the BMC headquarters building which was a selected target for destruction and for the charge of being present at the Al-Husseini building in Mahim where blast RDX filling was done in vehicles the previous night.
The court based on the evidence given by one of the approvers and other corroborative evidence handed down the conviction.
As the court handed down the conviction Khan wearing a blue shirt and trousers stood clueless in the dock.
Khan, now a builder, was said to be the bodyguard of Tiger Memon and used to follow him like his shadow. Khan walked back to the accused bench with a tear rolling down his cheeks.
The next in the dock was Sayyed, a traveling agent by profession, who was charged of booking air tickets for co-accused to travel to Dubai and for undergoing arms and ammunition training at Pakistan at the behest of convict Yakub Memon.
However, he was acquitted of the charge for lack of evidence but was convicted for storing two suitcases filled with hand grenades and detonators at his house, which were part of the original consignment used for carrying out terrorist acts.
The consignment was meant for Yakub Memon but he did not collect it from Sayyed, even after having knowledge of the explosives he did not inform the authorities and thus was party to the offence the court observed.
Judge Kode also convicted Sayyed for the charge of possessing explosives in a notified area. However, since the explosives were not used for any terrorist acts and Sayyed did not have prior knowledge of the consignment he was acquitted of the charge of conspiracy.
As the court handed down the conviction Sayyed pleaded for his innocence that’s when an infuriated Judge Kode directed him to leave the dock and inform the court about his innocence when his final statement is being recorded.
Judge Kode said “Sab lecture dete hai mujhe”, (Everyone accused is now giving me lecture).
The TADA court has till now pronounced judgment against 105 accused of which 83 have been convicted and the court has acquitted 22 of them.
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