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'93 blasts: Prosecution may appeal for death for others
July 18, 2007 17:14 IST
With a special court in Mumbai giving death sentences to three convicts in the 1993 serial blasts case, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the prosecution might seek capital sentence for some other conspirators in its appeal.
Saying that he was happy with Wednesday's development, Nikam pointed out that Mohammad Mushtaq Musa Tarani, who was awarded death with two others, had not caused any death as the bomb he planted at Shaikh Memon Street did not go off.
"But Judge P D Kode awarded him capital punishment," Nikam said.
The prosecution, he said, might file an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking death for a few others who were involved up to an extent in the conspiracy behind the blasts.
The three persons given the death sentence were involved in the conspiracy till the very end -- March 12, 1993, the day of the 12 blasts -- but there were many others who were involved in the conspiracy till the first week of March and dropped out towards the culmination of the plan.
In such cases, the judge gave life sentences at the most, sparing the convicts from capital punishment.
"We will now examine these cases, and may file appeals in the Supreme Court asking for death sentences for them on the basis of the order in Tarani's case," Nikam said.
Nikam said the judge had vindicated the prosecution's stand that the blasts could not be justified as a response to the demolition of the Babri mosque and subsequent sectarian riots.
Kode said today that these three convicts were not affected by the demolition of the Babri mosque or the riots.