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

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK “Tu Ma­hatma banne mat ja”. Swati.Desh­pande @times­group.com

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”.

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