The court had on Monday found Baig, the only person arrested among the seven accused in the case, guilty on five counts, including murder and criminal conspiracy.
After day-long arguments, additional sessions judge N P Dhote said the case fell under the “rarest-of-the-rare” category, warranting the most severe punishment.
The court also sentenced him to life imprisonment on five other counts. The death penalty will have to be confirmed by the Bombay high court.
Baig, who had kept his calm when pronounced guilty, fainted briefly on hearing the sentence. “The innocent victims of bakery blast will not get justice if another innocent person gets hanged,” a weeping Baig said, reading out from his notes in a packed courtroom.
The judge said he could approach higher court if he felt justice was not done.
The verdict seems to be very fishy to many Muslims including family members of Himayat Baig who are saying that Himayat is innocent and is wrongly dragged into the case.
When asked by the judge as to what he had to say about the verdict, Baig broke down and pleaded innocence, alleging that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad led by Rakesh Maria.
"I am innocent and have nothing to do with the German Bakery bombing. Police have failed to nab the real culprit and I have been made the scapegoat in the case. While 17 persons died in the explosion, I have been made the 18th victim," he told the judge.