German bakery blast verdict challenged

German bakery blast verdict challenged

The Maharashtra government on Thursday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court judgment which commuted the death penalty to life term for Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convict in the 2010 Pune German Bakery blast case.

It also assailed the March 17, 2016, judgement for acquitting Baig of serious charges under various sections of the Unlawful Prevention (Activities) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Sections 302 (murder) read with 120-B (criminal conspiracy).

The high court had convicted 32-year-old Baig for offences only under Section 474 (possessing a document knowing it to be forged with intent to use it as genuine) of the IPC and Section 5(b) of the Explosive Substances Act relating to punishment for making or possessing explosives under suspicious circumstances.

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