The Supreme Court would on Thursday pronounce the verdict in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai blasts case in which Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt was convicted by a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court under Arms Act.
Dutt was sentenced to six years jail term for possessing a weapon illegally and had spent 16 months in jail after his arrest in 1993. He was, however, acquitted of the stringent charges under TADA.
A bench of Justice P Satha-sivam and Justice BS Chauhan would deliver the judgment on the appeals filed by the convicted also by CBI challenging acquittals. The agency had also moved appeals seeking enhan-cement of sentence of 47 persons who were convicted of lesser offence. CBI had filed 48 appeals of which 20 were aga-inst those who were acquitted of all the charges. There is no CBI appeal against Dutt’s acquittal under TADA.
The serial blasts left 257 persons dead and injured 700 in Mumbai. The special TADA court had pronounced death to 12 and sentenced 20 to life imprisonment.
Yakub Memon, brother of absconding Tiger Memon, was one of those sentenced to death. Tiger Memon along with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Mohammed Dossa were alleged to have hatched the conspiracy in Dubai to carry out the serial blasts following the communal riots that broke out post-Babri masjid demolition.