Bombay High Court on Thursday acquitted Himayat Baig in German Bakery blasts that had killed 17 people.
Baig was the lone accused in the case and was awarded death penalty for “masterminding” blasts.
He was, however, found guilty in one case of possessing explosives and given life sentence.
Reading out the judgement, Justices N H Patil and S B Shukre told Baig. “Aapko faansi ki saza se bari kiya jaata hai (you have been acquitted of the death penalty),” the judges told Baig.
Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakre told ANI, “He has got life imprisonment. Let’s wait for entire judgment, then we’ll decide.”
Baig had challenged his conviction and the death sentence in the case.
Baig, who the police said was a member of the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen, was arrested in September 2010 for involvement in the blast at German Bakery, a popular eatery in Pune’s Koregaon Park area, which killed 17 people and injured 58 including some foreign nationals.
In 2013, the sessions court in Pune had convicted him and awarded him the capital punishment.
More to come.
(Photo: Indian Express)