New Delhi: A day after giving partial relief to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, the Supreme Court on Thursday granted four-week extension to four other convicts including Zaibunissa Kazi to surrender for undergoing remaining jail term in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

The other three convicts who have got a partial relief are KC Adjania, Abdul Gafoor Parkera and Ishad Md Hajwane.

Earlier on Thursday, the SC had granted four more weeks to three other blast convicts including Aftab Ali Sayed, Isa memon and Yusuf Nulllwala to surrender before TADA  court.

The SC verdict came a day after Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was granted four weeks' time on "humanitarian" grounds to surrender before jail authorities.

70-year-old Zaibunissa, a cancer patient, had on Wednesday sought more time to surrender on humanitarian grounds. She along with four other convicts Altaf Ali Sayeed, Essa Memon, Yusuf Khan, and Yusuf Nulwalla have asked for more time to surrender.

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Notably, the SC had on Wednesday granted a month's time to Sanjay Dutt on "humanitarian" grounds to surrender before jail authorities to undergo 42 months remaining sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

It must be recalled that the Apex Court had on Tuesday dismissed the petitions of the three 1993 Mumbai blasts convicts' for extension of time to surrender on the ground that their clemency pleas are pending before President Pranab Mukherjee.

Both Kazi and Dutt were charged under TADA Act for aiding and abetting a terrorist act and the Arms Act. But Dutt was held guilty only under the Arms Act while Kazi was convicted under TADA too. Zaibunissa was charged for possessing illegal arms and ammunition and also under TADA.

The Apex 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 was awarded by the TADA court to Parker was upheld by the Apex 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.  

Former Supreme Court judge and Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju had made a representation to the President on behalf of Kazi on March 18 and on behalf of the other two on April 10.


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