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'93 Blasts: Sanjay Dutt's verdict on Tuesday
November 27, 2006 13:38 IST
Last Updated: November 27, 2006 14:54 IST
A TADA court on Monday held an aide of gangster Abu Salem guilty of carrying weapons from the residence of actor Sanjay Dutt to the house of a co-accused in furtherance to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts conspiracy.
The court acquitted another person, who was charged with keeping with him a 9 mm pistol given by the actor to his friends for disposal.
The court also held two customs officers, R K Singh and Mohammed Sultan Sayed, guilty of helping prime conspirator Tiger Memon in smuggling arms and RDX used to engineer serial blasts in the city.
The court has summoned Sanjay Dutt and three other accused for the verdict on Tuesday.
Mansoor Ahmed Sayed Ahmed, accused number 89, was found guilty under Section 3 (3) of TADA for carrying weapons from the bungalow of Sanjay Dutt in Mumbai's suburban Bandra on the instructions of gangster Abu Salem to the house of co-accused Zebunisa Kazi.
The court accepted Mansoor's confession saying he had carried the weapons on the instructions of Salem.
However, Mansoor was absolved of the charges of conspiracy under Section 120-b of the IPC, Section 5 of TADA (possessing arms in notified area), Section 6 of TADA (enhanced punishment for violating other acts) and Section 3 read with Section 25 (1-a) (1-b) (a) of the Arms Act.
It is the case of Central Bureau of Investigation that Mansoor had gone to Sanjay's residence in his car to transport the weapons. The car was seized by the police and still lies in the compound of the TADA court where the verdict was delivered.
Giving benefit of doubt to Ajay Marwah, the court acquitted him saying he had not personally taken delivery of 9 mm pistol given by Sanjay's friend to his brother.