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1993 blasts: SC dismisses plea of Zaibunnisa, others

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed three 1993 Mumbai blasts convicts’ petitions for extension of time to surrender, on the grounds that their clemency pleas are pending before President. The plea of another convict – Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt for illegal possession  of firearms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case – seeking more time to surrender will be heard on Wednesday.

Zaibunnisa Anwar Kazi (70), Issaq Mohd Hajwane (76) and Shariff Abdul Gafoor Parker (88) alias Dadabhai had moved the apex court seeking more time to surrender in order to undergo sentences awarded to them. A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir rejected their petitions, saying extension of time to surrender cannot be given on the ground that clemency plea is pending before the President.


APEX COURT DEFERS SANJAY DUTT’S PLEA

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s plea seeking six months more time to surrender before he undergoes a three-and-a-half-year jail term for illegally possessing firearms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.  A bench of justices P Sathasivam and MY Eqbal, before whom the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, said Dutt’s plea should be heard by the same bench which had passed the judgement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
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