THE Bombay High Court Tuesday refused to grant interim bail to two men, Hasib Mulla and Ateef Mulla, both convicted and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in the Mulund blast case of 2002.
A vacation bench of Justices A S Gadkari and M S Karnik pointed to a judgment of the High Court that stymies grant of bails to those accused under the stringent TADA and POTA acts, especially in the absence of regular court.
Earlier, senior lawyer Amit Desai, who appeared for the accused, said Ateef’s son suffers from thalassemia and the father’s absence was traumatic for the child. Desai reasoned that Ateef had been out on bail throughout the trial.
The bench adjourned the hearing of the case to June 7.
Both men were convicted under Section 4 (A) of POTA, 2002 and various Sections of the Arms Act. Hasib, who already spent around eight years in prison before being given bail, has to complete less than a two-year term in prison. Ateef, who was the first accused to get bail, has spent two years and nine months in prison, leaving him with a sentence of around seven years.
There were three explosions first on December 6, 2002 at McDonald’s Restaurant at Mumbai Central Railway station. The second blast took place on January 27, 2003 at Mungibai Market in Vile Parle (E) and the third blasts took place on March 13, 2003 in a Karjat-bound local train.