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The three had been found guilty by a POTA court of planting powerful bombs in two taxis which exploded at the iconic Gateway of India and Zaveri bazaar on August 25, 2003.
POTA retained a number of TADA's most controversial provisions and further added powers not present in the old legislation.
In response, Mr Digney said that for the initial contract components, approximately 50 new jobs would be created in POTA, split between Mount Isa and Townsville.
Using this wafer- thin evidence, the state convinced the Patiala House POTA court judge Ravinder Kaur to award five years' rigorous imprisonment to Habib -- she spent three months short of those five years in Tihar, which she describes as India's ' Abu Ghraib'.
The Supreme Court took this decision after taking note of recommendations of the POTA review committee and allowing petitions filed by Mahmadhusen Abdulrahim Kalota Sheikh and others.
The Akshardham case is the first in India in which the accused were convicted under POTA.
The POTA court had sentenced Hanif Sayed Anees (46), his wife Fahmida (43) and Ashrat Ansari (32), for their role in implementing the plans of LeT.
They have been convicted under various Sections of the IPC for conspiracy, murder and attempt to murder, Sections of the POTA, the Explosive Substances Act and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
During my chief ministership, I implemented POTA going against my cabinet as it was the only option in fighting terror.
A local English daily Kashmir Images in a report quoting sources from Law Ministry of the occupied territory revealed that nearly 1000 people were facing trial in the special TADA and POTA courts in Srinagar and Jammu.
POTA Judge M R Puranik convicted Ashrat Ashrat Ansari (32), Hanif Sayed Anees (46) and his wife Fehmida Sayed (43).
Initially, all the accused in the Godhra train carnage case were booked under the repealed POTA before the Central Pota Review Committee (CPRC) recommended its removal.