A Special MCOCA Court on Tuesday sentenced the 26/11 attacks plotter Abu Jundal, the key accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, and six others to life imprisonment after finding them guilty in the case.
While the Mumbai court handed life imprisonment to seven of the 12 convicts, two were sentenced to 14 years and the rest 8 years in jail.
Judge S.L. Anekar, who had found the 12 accused guilty on July 28, announced the quantum of punishment on Tuesday at a packed courtroom. Eight others in the case were acquitted.
While pronouncing the verdict in the decade-long case, the bench said the explosives and rifles caught from the convicts were meant to eliminate Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.
The court also said that the evidences clearly suggest that the consignment of arms was provided by Pakistan to take revenge of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
However, the court refused to impose the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on all the accused in the case, including Lashkar operative Jundal.
On May 8, 2006, a team of ATS had recovered 30 kg RDX, 10 AK-47 rifles and 3,200 rounds of ammunition from a car after chasing in Aurangabad.
Abu Jundal, whose real name is Zabiuddin Ansari, was in the car and managed to flee when it was caught by the police.
Jundal, from Beed district in Maharashtra, was deported from Saudi Arabia in 2012.