The special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court in Mumbai is likely to pronounce its orders against the underworld don Abu Salem and others in connection with the 1993 blasts case.
The others accused in the case include Karimullah Khan, Feroze Abdul Rashid, Tahir Merchant and Mustafa Dossa. The TADA court had in 2006 convicted 100 accused, including Yakub Memon who was hanged on 30 July 2015, the day he turned 53.
Salem, who is currently held at Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai, is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts as well as a number of other cases related to murder and extortion. He was awarded life imprisonment in February 2015 by a special court in relation to the 1995 murder case of Mumbai builder, Pradeep Jain.
1993 Mumbai blasts: Key Facts
• On March 12, 1993, 13 bomb explosions ripped through the commercial and social hubs of Mumbai.
• The coordinated attacks, carried out in revenge for riots that killed many Muslims, were the most destructive bomb explosions in Indian history.
• This was the first of its kind serial-bomb-blasts across the world.
• The blasts killed at least 257 people and over 713 people were injured in the incident.
• The bombs were timed and placed in a way to cause maximum devastation and create a major rip in the communal fabric of the city and the nation.
• Dawood Ibrahim, underworld gangster and founder of Mumbai-based international organised crime syndicate D-Company, is believed to be the mastermind behind the attacks.
• Ibrahim is believed to have ordered and organised the bombings with the help of his subordinates Tiger Memon and his brother Yakub Memon.
• While Yakub was executed and Abu Salem is under judicial custody, the two main suspects in the case - Ibrahim and Tiger Memon- have managed to evade trial.