Mumbai: The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court has passed its verdict…
Mumbai(dna): The designated MCOCA court has failed to catch the lie of the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), said Sajid Ansari, one of the accused, who has been convicted in the July 2006 serial train blasts case. Ansari, while extending his sympathy towards the people who lost their lives in the blasts, claimed that along with the others he is also a victim of the blast.
The court, which was about to start hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence, first asked the convicts to voice their views about sentencing. Sajid told the court said that he is as innocent as the accused of the Malegaon 2006 blast case, who were released on bail and that ATS implicated him in the case by submitting false evidence. Thus he pleaded minimum punishment.
While some convicts claimed that they have reformed, some others said they were implicated in the case and thus pleaded before the court for minimum punishment.
Dr Tanveer Ansari claimed that after he completed his education he was running a charitable clinic. He claimed that he never had any intention to hurt anyone and so urged for minimum sentencing.
Faizal Sheikh, another convict, claimed that the jail premises have caused a brain tumor in him and thus he has already suffered a lot behind the bars.
Muzammil Shaikh said that he had suffered mental trauma and now suffers from memory loss.
Meanwhile, Abdul Wahid Mohammad Shaikh, the only accused who was acquitted of the charges, claimed that his mother was very happy to see him after nine years of imprisonment but at the same time was sad as her remaining 12 sons were still behind bars. “I doubt that this case would be a repeat of Yakub Memon’s case,” said Shaikh.
Shaikh claimed that he is going to fight against ATS for spoiling their lives.