1993 Mumbai serial blasts: Dossa & others granted wish to celebrate Eid

Mumbai: With just days left for the final verdict in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, all six convicts on Friday urged the special Terrorist and Destructive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court to allow them to celebrate Eid.

Mustafa Dossa, one of the prime conspirators of the blasts, was the first to speak to the special judge Govind Sanap regarding the prayers of celebrating Eid.

Just as the prosecution completed its arguments for the day, Dossa, who was sitting on a bench with other co-convicts, stood up and urged the court to allow them to celebrate Eid. He said, “We request you to please allow us to exchange sweets with our near and dear ones. We also want to wear new clothes to celebrate the festival.” Having heard his prayers, Justice Sanap asked his advocates to make a formal application and meanwhile directed the prosecution to allow the convicts. Justice Sanap said, “Let them celebrate the festival as per their traditions.”

Advocate Abdul Wahab Khan representing the convicts said, “Every year we move such an application and the same is allowed. This year also, our clients would celebrate Eid.”

Meanwhile, the special public prosecutor Deepak Salvi continued his arguments for the second consecutive day on the quantum of punishment for the six convicts. He cited the judgement passed by the Supreme Court while awarding death sentence to Yakub Memon, who was convicted in the first part of this case’s judgement by the special court. The matter has been placed for further hearing on Tuesday.

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