SC confirms death sentence of ’93 Mumbai blast convict

SansadTV Bureau

File photo of Yakub Memon in one of the court hearings at Mumbai.

Supreme Court has confirmed the single death sentence awarded to 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon. He had filed a curative petition against Supreme Court’s own judgement of 21st March 2013 where he was sentenced to death. Memon’s 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 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.

Memon is likely to be hanged on July 30 in the Nagpur Central Jail.

“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 said.

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)