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Special TADA court rejects Riyaz Siddiqui's bail plea

mumbai Updated: Oct 18, 2010 21:00 IST

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A special TADA court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Riyaz Siddiqui, close aide of extradited gangster Abu Salem and an accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case.

Siddiqui along with Salem is facing trial for his alleged role in the 1993 blasts case.

Their case was separated as they were arrested when the original trial in the blasts case against 123 accused was in its last stages.

Special TADA Judge S T Mahajan while rejecting Siddiqui's bail observed that the offence against him were serious and prima facie there was evidence against him.

According to the prosecution, Siddiqui had arranged for a Maruti van with cavity and had transported RDX and ammunitions concealed in the van to Bharuch in Gujarat.

Siddiqui had then allegedly handed over the van to Salem in Gujarat who in turn distributed the explosives and ammunitions to other accused in the case, including Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

In 2007, special TADA Judge Pramod Kode had convicted 100 accused including Dutt in connection with the blasts. Most of them appealed in the Supreme Court, which is yet to hear them.