Birthday gift to Yakub: Hang till death

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Yakub-Memon (2)It’s a coincidence that Memon who was born on 30th July 1962 will be executed on his birthday.

The Supreme Court dismissed 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s curative petition against death sentence. Memon will be hanged on July 30 on the occasion of his 53rd birthday at 7 am in Nagpur Central Jail, where he is currently lodged. It’s a coincidence that Memon who was born on 30th July 1962 will be executed on his birthday. The state government has not revealed how it is planning to go ahead with Yakub’s execution.

Ujjawal Nikam, Special Public Prosecutor in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the curative petition filed by Yakub Memon.

Nikam said the apex court has rightly rejected the curative petition and that the verdict will have far reaching consequences.

“Now there is no legal impediment for execution of the sentence,” Nikam said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss Yakub Memon’s curative petition against death sentence, saying the verdict clearly shows that terror has no place in our society.

Saina-NC (2)“I think it’s absolutely imperative to have people like Yakub Memon hung to death because 1993 blast victims know the kind of anxiety they have had to deal with. Law does take its time, but it’s imperative to send out a message that terror has no place in our society,” BJP leader Shaina NC said.

Special TADA Court Judge PD Kode, who conducted the trial in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case hailed the Supreme Court verdict which sends prime accused Yakub Memon to the gallows.

Retired Special Judge Kode, who sentenced Memon and 10 others to death in the case, termed the Supreme Court’s rejection of Memon’s curative plea as “a solace after 22 years and a victory for those who believe in the rule of the law”.

“The Supreme Court judgement shows that indulging in criminal activities is not a profitable business. As far as India is concerned, we don’t tolerate the people who play with the valuable fundamental rights of the citizens enshrined in the Constitution,” Kode said.

Yakub was sentenced to death by a designated TADA court in 2007, after it found him guilty of playing a key role in the criminal conspiracy. The CBI alleged that the blasts were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and others.

In March 2013, the apex court had rejected Memon’s appeal against conviction by TADA court. In May 2014, then President rejected Memon’s mercy petition and in April 2015, the Supreme Court rejected Memon’s review petition against conviction and sentence.

According to investigating agency, Tiger Memon got Yakub involved in planning and plotting the serial blasts that killed at least 257 people and injured about 700 on March 12, 1993.