SC notice on bail plea of Mumbai blasts accused
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Last Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011, 17:51
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Maharashtra government and CBI on the bail plea of 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Mustafa Ahmed Dosa in connection with a TADA case pending against him in Ratnagiri.

Dosa had absconded after the Mumbai blasts and his trial was separated from that of the others. He was later extradited from Dubai in 2003.

Dosa has challenged the order of the special TADA court rejecting his bail plea.

A vacation bench of Justices P Sathasivam and AK Patnaik was reluctant to interfere with the special court's order rejecting bail to Dosa but it issued notice after it was informed that the apex court had earlier granted him bail in a case relating to smuggling of arms and ammunition allegedly in connection with the Mumbai blasts.

"At the most we can ask the special court to expedite the hearings. You are not an ordinary accused. You are a proclaimed offender. The court has noted that it would be a danger to the society if you are granted bail. How can we allow you bail. There is not ground for release at this stage," the bench said at the beginning of the hearing.

However, senior advocate PH Parekh, appearing for Dosa, said the accused is facing trial in several cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) relating to entry of arms and ammunition at Jamnagar, Porbandara and Ratnagiri areas and all relate to the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

He said that the special court refused bail to Dosa for the Ratnagiri case while he had been granted bail in another case and until he is granted bail in all cases he cannot be released.

The court then preferred to issue notice to the state government and CBI on Dosa's plea which will now be listed for hearing after the vacations end on July 4.


First Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, 17:51

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