Mumbai, Feb. 10: Bombay High Court today confirmed the death penalty awarded to three persons in the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case, calling their crime the rarest of rare.
The bench upheld the verdict given by an anti-terror court in 2009 on Mohammed Hanif Abdul Rahim Sayyed, 49, his wife Fahmida, 46, and Ashrat Shafiq Ansari. The three were found guilty of planting bombs in two taxis which exploded at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar on August 25, 2003.
The bench said: It falls under the category of rarest of rare case. The acts were not an outcome of any momentary pulse of weakness of mind but committed out of a well-designed conspiracy.
Two other accused, Mohammed Hassan Anas Shaikh and Mohammed Rizwan Issaq Ansari, who were cleared earlier, were also directed to stand trial though not under repealed Prevention of Terrorism Act, but under the IPC.