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1993 blasts: 7 other convicts get Sanjay Dutt treatment

After giving partial relief to Bolywood star Sanjay Dutt in Mumbai bomb blasts case on Wednesday, the Supreme Court on Thursday granted same amount of four weeks’ breather to seven more convicts who were to surrender on Thursday as per the order of the apex court last month. Now, the all eight convicts, including Dutt, will have to surrender before the trial court in Mumbai by 16 May.

Granting relief to Abdul Razak Memon, Altaf Ali Sayed, Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, Zaibunnisa, Issaq Mohd Hajwane, Shariff Abdul Gafoor Parker alias Dadabhai and Kesri Adajania, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said that no further time will be given to anyone to surrender on any ground.

The Supreme Court on 16 April had refused to grant extension of the deadline to surrender to Zaibunnisa, Hajwane and Parker. They had pleaded to be allowed to remain out of jail till their clemency pleas were decided by the President. Next day Dutt was granted four weeks' time on the humanitarian grounds. Then these convicts filed a petition seeking relief on health and humanitarian grounds which was accepted by the court.

The bench, however, refused to grant relief to another convict Yusuf Khan, who had sought extension of time to surrender till his review petition is decided by the Supreme Court, saying that relief cannot be granted on this ground.

In its 21 March judgement, the Supreme Court had upheld the sentence of five years imprisonment of Yusuf Khan and the jail term of life imprisonment, 10 years and five years respectively of Memon, Sayed and Nulwalla. It had also upheld the TADA court's verdict awarding five-years and life term to Zaibunnisa (70), who is suffering from cancer, and Parker (86), respectively.
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