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Second batch of '93 blasts judgment today

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September 14, 2006 12:09 IST

The designated Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act Court hearing the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case is on Thursday slated to pronounce its verdict on the involvement of those charged with transporting and planting RDX-laden scooters and other vehicles that killed 257 and injured 713 others.

The first verdict will be delivered by Judge P D Kode on the Zaveri Bazaar blast involving accused Mohammed Kasam Ghansar who is charged with parking a RDX-laden scooter that exploded on March 12, 1993, at 3.05 pm killing 17 people and injuring 57 others. Property worth Rs 1.20 crore was damaged in this blast.

If found guilty, Ghansar would face punishment ranging from 5 years to life imprisonment and even death, according to Special Public Prosecutor Ujjal Nikam.

Time permitting, the court will deliver the verdict on other accused who have been asked to be produced in the court on Thursday.

The court is also likely to hear arguments on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to the four members of Memon family who have been found guilty. They are Yakub Memon, Yusuf Memon, Essa Memon, all brothers of prime acused Tiger Memon -- and his sister-in law Rubina Memon.

Tight security has been put in place in and around the court located inside the central jail at Arthur Road.

Of the total 123 accused, those on bail including film actor Sanjay Dutt have been exempted from appearance until further orders.

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