Himayat Baig was convicted Monday of murder, criminal conspiracy and other charges in the bombing of the German Bakery in Pune, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.
During sentencing arguments, Baig's attorney, A. Rahman, claimed his client had been framed by investigators, who he said had not arrested or prosecuted the six other suspects in the case. He said Baig was not in Pune at the time of the attack.
After his sentence was pronounced, Baig cried and pleaded for mercy.
Baig's trial took three-and-a-half years and heard testimony from 103 witnesses.
The blast at the famous bakery in an upscale area of the town was the worst terrorist attack in India since the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.