SC rejects mercy plea, Yakub Memon to be hanged on July 30

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Yakub-Memon-to-be-hanged-on1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon’s last attempt to escape gallows failed, Tuesday, after the Supreme Court dismissed a curative petition filed by him.

With the apex court rejecting Memon’s petition, Memon will be hanged to death on July 30 -the first execution in the 1993 blasts case. A special anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people in the attacks.

A chartered accountant by profession, Memon is currently lodged in the Nagpur Central Jail.

A family member of Memon on Monday met him at the high security prison.

Yakub’s cousin Usman Memon, accompanied by a local lawyer, arrived at the Central Prison in the afternoon.

The 53-year-old Memon, whose mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee in April this year, filed his second review petition before the SC.

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the state government would follow the directives given by the Supreme Court over the execution of Memon.

“The Supreme Court has made a decision on this issue. Whatever directives will be given by the court, the Maharashtra Government will act according to that. We will provide more information on this matter when the time is right,” said Fadnavis.

Memon was awarded the death sentence by a Special TADA Court in Mumbai on July 27, 2007 for his role in the blasts, including arranging finances for carrying out the 13 serial explosions which left 257 dead and over 700 injured across the city on March 12, 1993.

Subsequently, Memon – the brother of one of the main absconding accused Ibrahim alias Tiger Memon – appealed against the sentence in the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court and later filed a mercy petition with the President, followed by a review petition, and now a second review petition which is pending.

The bombings, police say, were carried out at the behest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.