Yakub To Hang On His Birthday For 257 Deaths
March ’93 Blasts In City The World’s 1st-Ever Serial Bombing. Also, 1st Time RDX Used In Terror Strike Post-WWII SC Rejects Curative Petition, One Last Mercy Plea Coming He’s paying for his brothers’ sins: Wife
New Delhi/Mumbai: For the 12 serial bomb blasts that terrorized Mumbai and India 22 years ago, killing 257 and injuring 713, Yakub Memon, the lone condemned accused and younger brother of absconding mastermind Tiger Memon, will hang. The execution will take place at 7am on July 30, which happens to be Yakub’s 54th birthday.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday closed the last possible window for relief by dismissing Yakub’s curative petition, which had sought reconsideration of the death sentence and imposition of life imprisonment. The President had rejected Yakub’s mercy petition in May last year.
Yakub on Tuesday evening filed a fresh mercy petition be- fore the superintendent of Nagpur Central jail, where he is lodged. It will now be forwarded to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao for consideration.
However, the state government confirmed that it would go ahead with the execution on July 30, the date set in the warrant issued by the Tada court in April this year.
“As per the order passed by the Tada court and confirmed by the SC, he (Yakub) will hang on July 30 at 7am. There is no change in plan,” principal secretary (prisons) Vijay Satbir Singh told TOI.
A bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices T S Thakur and A R Dave, the three seniormost judges in the SC, considered Yakub’s curative petition in chamber without the presence of lawyers and dismissed it on the ground that none of the grounds raised by him war- ranted the court to reconsider the view reached while dismissing his review petition.
Abench of Justices Dave, J Chelameswar and Kurian Jo- seph had on April 9 heard at length Yakub’s petition seeking review of the SC’s March 21, 2013 judgment upholding his death penalty but commut-
Mystery surrounds the circumstances of Yakub’s return and arrest
weeks after his wife had a girl. He claims he surrendered in Kathmandu and wanted to return expecting a fair trial so he could clear the family’s name. Elder brother Mushtaq ‘Tiger’ Memon apparently warned Yakub against returning to India, saying,
Yakub was shown as arrested by CBI at New Delhi station August 1994
His ing the capital punishment of ten other convicts to life imprisonment.
Yakub Memon’s wife Rahin had told TOI in an exclusive interview in 2007 that her husband was paying for his brothers’ sins and that Tiger Memon meant nothing to them. After Yakub was sentenced to death by the Tada court, she told this paper, “Why have they done this to him? Just because he came back? Are we still living in the Stone Age?” She said that “Tiger means nothing to us nor we to him. If we did, he would have called or come down when his father died or now.” She admitted that Yakub knew about Tiger’s smuggling activities but said that “had he known about Tiger’s plans, he would have been the first to expose him”.