The three Kashmiri militants convicted for having links with Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and planning to carry out bomb blasts at key locations in the city, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, have approached the Bombay High Court seeking bail.
Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Wahab Haji (61), Khurshid Ahmed Abdul Gani Lone (32) and Arshad Hussain Badru, (29) have filed bail applications claiming that the sessions court had erred in convicting them.
The high court has kept their bail applications for hearing on Monday.
Additional Public Prosecutor Mankunwar Deshmukh opposed the application saying the government has filed an appeal seeking the enhancement of their sentence. “We have sought that their seven years’ sentence be enhanced to life imprisonment,” said Deshmukh. Deshmukh also said they have challenged the acquittal of the Haj house imam — Maulana Ghulam Ilahi Baksh Yhaya (47) — who allegedly harboured the three militants.
Their advocate Khan Abdul Wahab argued that the prosecution had failed to establish a link with respect to the identities of the trio. Besides, evidence of prosecution witnesses is not free from doubt, claimed their bail application.
The trio has been in custody since their arrest in January 2006.
Considering the seven years’ sentence, they have spent half of it and hence are entitled to be released on bail, states their bail application.