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Sentencing Delayed in 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts


An Indian court was forced to delay sentencing people convicted in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai
after convicts filed a legal challenge questioning the court's authority.

Sixteen people who have yet to be sentenced filed an application Tuesday arguing that the special anti-terrorism court does not have jurisdiction in this case. They are expected to file an appeal with the nation's Supreme Court.

Their lawyers say the court was set up under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) which was repealed years ago.

Among those awaiting sentencing is Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. He was found guilty of illegally possessing weapons.

The court has so far sentenced 76 people in connection to the blasts. One hundred people were convicted in 1993 bombing of Mumbai's stock exchange that killed 257 people.

Indian authorities believe the attack was an act of revenge for religious riots in 1992 that killed hundreds of Muslims and destroyed a 16th century mosque in the northern city of Ayodhya.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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