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2003 blasts case: Hearing on death terms to begin in June

mumbai Updated: Apr 12, 2011 02:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Bombay high court

The hearing over the confirmation of death sentences of three convicts in the 2003 blasts case and their appeals against the conviction will begin at the Bombay high court from June 13.

A division bench of justice BH Marlapalle and justice Abhay Thipsay on Monday said that they would conduct the hearings on the said date.

The special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court had, on August 6, 2010, awarded capital punishment to auto driver Hanif Sayeed, his wife Fahmeeda and Ashrat Ansari for their involvement in the bomb blasts at the Gateway of India, Zaveri Bazaar and aboard a BEST bus at Ghatkopar.

Fifty-six persons were killed in the three blasts.

The trio was also convicted in the SEEPZ case, where a bomb was planted in a bus in the depot. The bomb had failed to explode.

The court will also hear the government's appeals challenging the discharge of two accused - Mohammad Hassan Mohammad Anas Shaikh alias Hassan Batterywala and Mohammad Rizwan Mohammad Issaq Ansari alias Rizwan Ladduwala.

The government has claimed that the duo allegedly prepared and assembled the bombs used in the explosions.

Another accused in the case, Nasir, was killed in an encounter in September 2003.

Hanif and Fahmeeda's minor daughter, who was arrested and remanded to a juvenile home, was discharged for lack of evidence. While awarding the death sentences, the special Pota court had observed: "Since the accused persons are bloodthirsty, there is no scope for their reformation and re-habitation."

Observing that the case was a classic example of 'rarest of rare', the court had said: "The incidents of bomb blasts which resulted in heavy casualties had shaken the collective conscience of the society and will only be satisfied if the capital punishment is awarded to the offenders."