The Supreme Court has put a stay on the death sentence of 1993 Bombay blastconvict Tahir Merchant asking the state government to submit TADA court’s record. At the same time, a notice has been sent to CBI. The next hearing will take place on March 14, 2018.

On September 7, a special TADA court announced the verdict in 1993 Bombay blast case convicting Tahir Merchant. He was accused of motivating his associates to arrange men from Mumbai to send to Pakistan for arms training.

Other than Tahir, Abu Salem, Karimulla Khan were sentenced to life imprisonment and Riyaz Siddique was awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. 

Read more: Life Imprisonment For Abu Salem And Karimullah Khan; Death Penalty For Tahir Merchant And Feroz Khan

Dark memories of March 12, 1993

Mumbai came to a grinding halt on March 12, 1993, when the city witnessed a series of 12 blasts which took 257 lives and more than 700 were injured. This was the first incident, where RDX was used.

During the first hearing, 100 people were convicted which included actor Sanjay Dutt who was awarded five-years of imprisonment for illegally possessing AK47. Yakub Memon was hanged on July 30 in Nagpur Central Prison on the day he turned 53. other than this, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, other 27 convicts are on run.

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