Mustafa Dossa, one of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Saturday asked a TADA court judge if he would meet the same fate as Yakub Memon since he had not given a confession statement in the case.
Yakub Memon, a convict in the same case, was hanged to death in Nagpur Central Prison on July 30. He too had not given a confession statement in the case.
“It was a conversation between the two (Dossa and the judge). During the break, the judge was discussing a media report regarding the admissibility of the confession statements of co-accused in the case as evidence, which was recorded by the previous court against the new set of accused. The judge responded (to Dossa’s question) by saying the outcome of the trial against him would depend on the evidence,” said advocate Shabbir, who was present in court.
Shabbir is assisting advocate Rizwan Merchant, who is representing Dossa. The court was recording the statements of the seven accused in the 1993 blasts case and had allowed a 10-minute break, during which the conversation between Dossa and the judge took place.
In 1995, Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon, Mohammed Dossa and Abu Salem were absconding accused on a list filed by the CBI. Dossa was arrested when the trial had reached its fag end. The court then decided to conduct their trial separately.
Dossa is accused of actively participating in the conspiracy for the blasts. The agency alleged that Dossa attended several conspiracy meetings in Dubai.
He also allegedly arranged for other accused to be sent to Pakistan for arms and ammunition training.