Big News: Gangster Abu Salem convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case by Mumbai TADA court

Twenty-four years after 12 blasts rocked the city killing 257 and leaving 713 grievously injured, a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court on Friday convicted six out of the seven accused, including Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa. In the dock is a second batch of accused, tried by special judge Govind A Sanap, after the main trial of 123 accused ended in 2006 with the conviction of 100.

The court has set the next hearing date on June 19 (Monday) to decide the date for argument on quantum of sentence.

Others who were convicted include Feroz Khan, Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui, Karimulla Khan. The court pronounced the sentence after hearing arguments from the defence and the prosecution. All the six convicts face the gallows.

Abdul Qayyum Shaikh who has been acquitted by the court had allegedly sent arms and ammunition from abroad which landed at Dighi Jerry. He also had allegedly sold a licensed revolver to Sanjay Dutt in September 1992.

Special judge Sanap took over the trial in 2011 and the proceedings concluded in March this year.

The trial was stayed after both the accused and the prosecution moved the apex court challenging various legalities.Dossa’s lawyer Rizwan Merchantchallenged the applicability of the voluminous evidence of 686 witnesses from the previous trial.