The Bombay High Court on Thursday commuted the death sentence awarded to Himayat Baig to a life term in the 2010 Pune German bakery blast case. Baig was, in 2013, convicted and awarded capital punishment by the sessions court in Pune.
Under section 474 of the Indian Penal code, Baig’s life imprisonment was upheld for possession of forged documents intending to use it as genuine, and under 5 (B) of the explosives substance act for possession of explosives under suspicious circumstances.
The sessions court had held Baig, guilty under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substances), 474 (forgery), 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. He was also convicted under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act.
Baig 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 persons and injured 58 including some foreign nationals.