Apex court stays death sentence of Mumbai blast convict

February 22nd, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday suspended the death sentence of Mohammed Shoaib Ghansar awarded in the 1993 Mumbai serial terror bombings. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justices R.V. Raveendran and Markandey Katju stayed Ghansar’s death sentence on a petition by him challenging the ruling given by a Mumbai anti-terror court.

Ghansar was sentenced to death for parking a scooter filled with Research Developed Explosive (RDX) opposite the Mumbai stock exchange and triggering a blast that killed 17 people and maimed 57 others.

The bench also adjourned the hearing by a week on the bail plea of one of Tiger Memon’s brothers, Yusuf Abdul Razak Memon, sentenced to life in jail. Tiger Memon, one of the key conspirators, is absconding.

Yusuf had sought bail on the grounds that he was suffering from chronic schizophrenia.

On Yusuf’s plea, the bench had at the last hearing ordered the Maharashtra government to constitute a medical board to examine whether he was actually suffering from the ailment.

The bench had sought the medical report within a week but it was not given. Accordingly, the bench adjourned the hearing on Yusuf’s bail plea by another week.

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