HC to deliver verdict on the Mumbai blasts today

LegalThe High Court of Bombay will deliver its judgment today (12th December) on the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts which rocked the Mumbai city and claimed the life of 57 people. The Court will pronounce judgment as regard to the confirmation of death sentences awarded to three LeT activists.

The court had also clubbed two other cases with the twin blast case namely; the July 2003 Ghatkopar blast case and the case of an unexploded bomb in 2002 as the accused are common in these cases as well.

In July 2009 POTA court had found Ashrat Ansari,32, Hanif Sayed Anees,46, and his wife Fehmida Sayed,43 guilty for planting powerful bombs which exploded at the iconic Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in two cabs on August 25, 2003, the fateful day that left the city in a state of distress.

A division bench of Justice A.M. Khanvilkar and Justice P.D. Kode of the Bombay High Court held a special sitting on Saturday to complete hearing of the arguments and posted the case for the delivery of the verdict on Monday.

The conspiracy is said to have been spearheaded by Hanif, Ashrat, Nasir, a Hyderabad resident, who was later slain in a police encounter, and some Pakistani nationals owing loyalty to LeT in Dubai.

The LeT’s role in the twin blasts was revealed by an accused-turned-approver. The approver was given a pardon by the court after public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam submitted a certificate saying he may be discharged.

According to the investigators, the motive behind the attack was to take vengeance for the violence against the Muslims during the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002.

The case was sent to the Bombay High court for the confirmation of the death sentences, as required by law, awarded by the trial court.

HC to deliver verdict on the Mumbai blasts today

Report by Radhalakshmi R