Eleven convicts of the 1993 blasts, who surrendered before the designated TADA court on Wednesday, may not have to spend a long time in prison.
Most of them have already spent as many as four years of their total sentence in jail.
“We expect them to be out in a year as they will be entitled for remissions in sentences granted as per the prison manual under various heads,” said Farhana Shah, who represented them.
The accused were allowed to carry their medical reports and medicines, along with the other basic necessities.
All 11 have been convicted for facilitating landing of arms and ammunition.
The surrendered convicts include four retired police constables — Ashok Maneshwar, SY Pashilkar, PM Mahadik and RD Mali.
They have been convicted for arranging the landing of RDX, arms and ammunition at the Shekhadi coast in Raigad district.
The other six are Khalil Ahmed Sayed Ali Nazir, Sujjad Alam, Abdullah Ibrahim Surti, Faki Ali Faki Ahmed, Janardhan Pandurang Gambas and Sayed Ismail Ibrahim Kadri.Nazir and Alam were part of the group that facilitated landing of the arms and ammunition at Shikadi while Surti, Kadri and Gambas carried out the operation at Dighi landing.
The last one to appear on Wednesday was suspended Customs superintendent Sadashiv Talawadekar, who was convicted for abetting and aiding the prime conspirators of the blasts and helping them in the landing and transportation of the explosives and weapons at Dighi coast
All 11, who are in their late 60s, appeared calm and said they would accept the Supreme Court’s verdict.
None of them were accompanied by their family members.
Faki Ahmed, who has spent four of his six years’ sentence in prison, said his wife would now be dependent on others for survival.
“I am the only earning member and have no son or daughter to look after her,” he said.