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Abu Salem aide held guilty in 1993 blasts
Tribune News Service and PTI

A SIGH OF RELIEF

Ajay Marwah and his wife interact with the media, after Ajay was acquitted by the TADA Court in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case in Mumbai
Ajay Marwah and his wife interact with the media, after Ajay was acquitted by the TADA Court in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case in Mumbai on Monday. — PTI

Mumbai, November 27
Ahead of pronouncing its verdict on Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, the TADA court here today held an aide of gangster Abul Salem guilty of carrying weapons from the Bollywood actor’s residence to the house of a co-accused.

While holding Mansoor Ahmed Sayed guilty, Special court Judge P D Kode, however, acquitted Ajay Marwah, charged with keeping with him the actor’s pistol, giving him the benefit of doubt.

The Judge also held two customs officers, R K Singh and Mohammed Sultan Sayed guilty of helping prime conspirator Tiger Memon in smuggling arms and RDX used to engineer serial blasts in the city. The court has summoned Dutt and seven other accused to appear before it tomorrow, possibly to pronounce verdict against them.

Mansoor Ahmed, accused number 89, was found guilty under section 3 (3) of TADA (P) Act for carrying weapons from the bungalow of Dutt in suburban Bandra on the instructions of Salem to the house of Zebunisa Kazi, another co-accused.

The court accepted Mansoor’s confession saying he had carried the weapons on the instructions of Salem.

However, Mansoor was absolved of the charges of conspiracy under section 120-b IPC, section 5 of TADA (P) Act (possessing arms in notified area), section 6 of TADA (P). If Sanjay Dutt is found guilty, he is likely to be taken into custody immediately. He has already stopped shooting for his films ahead of the verdict. Work on some of his films was accelerated in preparation for any eventuality.

His lawyers are optimistic about his fate after the court today acquitted his friend Ajay Marwah who was accused of collecting a 9 mm pistol which was in the actor's possession.

Marwah was accused of destroying an AK-56 assault rifle and the pistol which were in the possession of Sanjay Dutt. Marwah's counsel had contended that he had not taken delivery of the pistol. Instead co-accused Rusi Mullah had delivered a box to his brother asking him to keep it till it was collected by another accused, Kersi Adjania.

As per the charges, Yusuf Nallwalla destroyed the AK-56 rifle at Adjania's workshop.

Meanwhile, the court today held an accomplice of gangster Abu Salem guilty of collecting weapons from the house of Sanjay Dutt. The weapons were delivered at the house of a co-accused. Mansoor Ahmed, accused number 120, was found guilty of destruction of evidence.

Mansoor's confession that he had carried the weapons on the instructions of Salem was accepted by the court. He was, however, absolved of the charges of conspiracy.

The court also held two customs officers guilty in the case. Collector (Customs) S.M. Sayeed and Assistant Collector (Customs) R.K. Singh were found guilty of allowing prime accused Tiger Memon to land the explosives at the Raigad coast in Maharashtra.

Sayeed was found guilty of accepting a bribe of Rs 7.8 lakh from the Memons for his efforts. His deputy R.K. Singh was found guilty of meeting Tiger Memon in order to negotiate the delivery of the contraband.

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