Indian Mujahideen operative Himayat Baig was awarded the death sentence by a Pune court on Thursday for murder, criminal conspiracy and other serious charges in the 2010 German Bakery terror attack.

Baig was the only accused arrested for his role in the terror blast which killed 17, including five foreigners, in what was the worst extremist strike after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The verdict draws the curtains on the Valentine's Day-eve tragedy of Feb 13, 2010 which shook the state's academic and cultural capital.

Pune Sessions Court Special Judge NP Dhote delivered the verdict in a packed courtroom.