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'93 blasts case: One more convicted

Another accused, Rukhsana Md Shafi Zariwala, is acquitted by the designated TADA court on Tuesday. Your take | Pics

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 19:28 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Continuing with verdicts in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, the designated TADA court on Tuesday held Niyaz Ahmed Shaikh guilty of conspiracy and obtaining training in handling arms and explosives in Pakistan.

Hewas also convicted for attending conspiracy meetings at the residence of co-accused Nasir Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Judge PD Kode acquitted Rukhsana Mohammad Shafi Zariwala, who was accused of aiding and abetting terrorist acts.

Rukhsana is the second woman accused in the case to be acquitted, other being Rahin Memon, sister-in-law of prime accused Tiger Memon.

The court found Niyaz guilty on the charge of conducting a survey of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai building, a potential target for blasts, along with prime accused Tiger Memon, Javed Chikna and Mohammad Usman Jam Khan.

Rukhsana was acquitted as the evidence adduced by prosecution to show that she had transported arms in a taxi from suburban Jogeshwari to Musafirkhana along with her husband Mohammad Shafi and other co-accused Pervez Shaikh failed to convince the judge.

While Shafi is absconding, Pervez was acquitted of same charges as Rukhsana, though he was found guilty on other counts.

The judge held that confessions of two co-accused implicating Rukhsana were not properly recorded so could not be accepted.

Besides the confessions of the co-accused, there was no independent evidence to corroborate charges against her, the judge held.

First Published: Oct 03, 2006 00:00 IST