Three 1993 Mumbai blasts convicts’ petitions for extension of time to surrender on the ground that their clemency pleas are pending before President Pranab Mukherjee, were on Tuesday dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Zaibunnisa Anwar Kazi, Issaq Mohd Hajwane and Shariff Abdul Gafoor Parker had moved the Supreme 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.
The Supreme Court had on March 21 upheld the TADA court’s verdict of five-year jail term to Kazi, who is suffering from cancer.
It has enhanced to life imprisonment, the five-year jail term awarded to Hajwane by the trial court. He spent five years in prison during the trial in the case.
The life sentence awarded by the TADA court to Parker was upheld by the Supreme Court. He has already served over 14 years in jail.
The Mumbai serial blasts on March 12, 1993, had claimed 257 lives and injured over 700.