1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon likely to be hanged on July 30


Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon is likely to be hanged on July 30 if the Supreme Court rejects his petition for mercy. Memon’s execution will be the first related to the 1993 serial blasts that took over 250 lives.

An anti-terror court in Mumbai has issued a warrant for the execution of Memon, who was found guilty of conspiracy in the 1993 blasts later in 2007. The 53-year-old is currently in Nagpur central jail, which has the infrastructure for hanging.

Memon’s appeals against death sentence were rejected by both the President and the Supreme Court. He has now moved a curative petition against the SC order, which may be taken up only one day before the hanging.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already approved the date and time of execution.

Memon had argued in his petition that while he could be held guilty for conspiracy, he was not directly involved in the blasts which claimed many lives. Yakub is the brother of Tiger Memon, who is prime accused in the blasts and is missing.