State spent 49 lakh on Yakub Me­mon hang­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment spent Rs49 lakh on the ex­e­cu­tion of 1993 Mum­bai bomb blasts ac­cused Yakub Me­mon. The cost in­cludes fees paid to se­nior coun­sel hired by the gov­ern­ment to fight the case in the Supreme Court, ex­pen­di­ture for hir­ing a char­tered six-seater plane to bring Me­mon’s body to Mum­bai from Nag­pur, where he was hanged, and the funds spent on up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the Nag­pur Cen­tral Jail, where the ex­e­cu­tion took place on July 30.

“We re­cently cleared the bill of Rs22 lakh to­wards fees of the se­nior coun­sel, who ap­peared on four oc­ca­sions in­clud­ing for the hear­ing held at mid­night, hours ahead of the ex­e­cu­tion. The at­tor­ney gen­eral of In­dia had rep­re­sented the state gov­ern­ment in the Yakub Me­mon case,” said a home depart­ment of­fi­cial, who did not wish to be named. “Be­sides the fees paid to se­nior ad­vo­cates, the cost in­curred on hir­ing the char­ter plane to bring his body to Mum­bai was Rs4 lakh. We have re­cently set­tled all bills, and the file is closed.”

The file re­lated to the ex­e­cu­tion of Me­mon has been given spe­cial sta­tus, in­vok­ing pro­vi­sions of the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act and the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act, thus making it in­ac­ces­si­ble un­der RTI.

Al­though the gov­ern­ment had hired a spe­cial plane, Me­mon’s body was brought back on an Indigo flight, af­ter his brother and other rel­a­tives opted not to fly by the spe­cial plane, as they were more in num­bers than the ca­pac­ity of the char­ter plane.

Be­fore the hang­ing, the state had made a spe­cial al­lot­ment of Rs22.99 lakh to up­grade the in­fra­struc­ture at the Nag­pur prison.

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