Judge behind Yakub hanging gets a death threat

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Supreme Court judge, Justice Dipak Misra who recently turned down 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea, has received a death threat.

A written death threat was found near the back entrance of the judge’s house on Tughlak Road in Delhi. That part of the house was not guarded by CCTV cameras.

Justice Misra was one of the three judges who refused to stop the hanging of 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon. Memon, the Mumbai blasts convict was eventually hanged on July 30th.

Delhi police has registered a case and further increased the security at the Judge’s residence. Last week, soon after Memon’s hanging security at the residence of all the three judges was stepped up.

Police say that the threat is of a “very serious nature” and have ruled out that someone might have played a prank. Police also say that those behind the threat might have done a recce of the house.

“Suspects knew that security personnel are posted outside Justice Misra’s residence and CCTV cameras are installed outside his office. They knew that back entrance of Misra’s residence has thick cover of trees and CCTVs can’t capture someone throwing the letter in the compound,” said a senior police officer.

Apart from Delhi Police, personnel from Central Paramilitary Forces have been posted at his residence.

“We have increased the security cover of Misra’s residence. Also anti-terror security drill has been carried out in entire New Delhi area,” the officer said.

Justice Misra’s personal security officers were doing a security check when they found the letter. Police was immediately informed and Special Commissioner (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra visited his residence to review the security setup.

Justice Misra and two other judges rejected Memon’s eleventh hour appeal to stop his hanging in an unprecedented hearing that took place in the apex court in the middle of the night.

Memon was convicted in 2007 as the “driving spirit” behind the deadly attack that took place in Mumbai in 1993 in which 257 people were killed.

(With inputs from PTI)