On death roll, Yakub Memon seeks stay on his execution

RSTV Bureau

supreme_courtYakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only convict of 1993 Mumbai serial blast case on a death sentence roll, has filed an appealed in apex court seeking stay of his death warrant. 53-years old Memon, whose death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 21st July, is slated to be executed on 30th July.

In his last minute plea filed on Thursday, Yakub Memon sought a stay on his execution claiming the death warrant is “illegal” because it didn’t follow “proper procedures”.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had dismissed Memon’s curative petition filed against its own judgement of 21st March 2013 where he was sentenced to death. His review petition against the death sentence too was dismissed by the top court on 9th April this year.

A three judge bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu had rejected Memon’s plea reasoning that the grounds raised by him do not fall within the principles laid down by the apex court in 2002 in deciding the curative petition, the last judicial remedy available to an aggrieved person.

“Since none of the grounds stated in the curative petition would fall within the parameters indicated in the case of Rupa Ashok Hurra (Supra), the curative petition stands dismissed,” the bench of CJI HL Dattu and Justice TS Thakur and Justice AR Dave had said in their judgement dismissing the curative petition.

Yakub Memon, brother of the serial blast mastermind Tiger Memon, has been in jail since he was arrested by Nepal police at Kathmandu Airport and handed over to CBI in 1995. His accounting firm used to handle the finances of brother Tiger Memon’s illegal operations, which included lucrative silver smuggling.

257 people were killed and more than 700 were wounded in the barbaric serial blasts across India’s commercial capital which shook the entire country.

The 1993 serial bombings are considered to be first ever organised terrorist activity with an active support from the underworld. First bomb blast took place at the busy Bombay Stock Exchange followed by commercial centres like crowded Zaveri Baazar, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, fishermen colony in Mahim causeway, Plaza Cinema, Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur, Sahar Airport, Air India Building, Passport Office and one near Sena Bhawan.

The extent and aftermath of the serial blast devastated the city and paralysed the country.

(With inputs from the PTI)