State to file appeal in Supreme Court against Baig’s acquittal on German Bakery blast

Mumbai : The state government is all set to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against Bombay High Court’s order acquitting the lone convict Mirza Himayat Baig in the 2010 German Bakery blast case in Pune.

Baig was handed over death penalty by a special court for his involvement in the alleged terrorist act. The Bombay High Court had, however, found him guilty of the charge of possession of explosives and confirmed life imprisonment under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Penal Code and Explosive Substances Act but not for terror charges.

A highly placed source told dna “the draft of appeal is in the process and it will be filed once the apex court is re-opened after the summer vacation on June 29. Despite the testimonies of witnesses against Baig, the court had wrongly ignored them and granted relief to the accused.”

Baig is currently in Arthur Road Central Jail, where he is currently lodged after his acquittal from terror charges.

As many as 17 people died and over 50 were injured in the blast. In April 2013, when he was being awarded the death sentence, Baig had wept in court, pleading innocence and saying he was “the 18th victim of the blast”. The Maharashtra ATS had claimed he was the blast “mastermind”.

The charge of IPC section 474 (possession of document, knowing it to be forged and intending to use it as genuine) was also confirmed — the maximum punishment of seven years will run concurrently.

The prosecution had claimed recovery of RDX from the blast site, matching with traces found in Baig’s house.