Another petition filed but 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon likely to be hanged on July 30


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

However, on Thursday, Memon filed a fresh appeal in the SC to stop his hanging.

An anti-terror court in Mumbai had 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.

“Yakub could be hanged in the Nagpur jail or in Pune’s Yerwada jail,” said Nagpur Jail superintendent Yogesh Desai.

Memon’s appeals against death sentence were rejected by both the President and the Supreme Court. He had then moved a curative petition against the SC order, which was rejected today.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already approved the date and time of execution. Memon’s family members have also been informed following the standard procedure, say government sources.

Memon, a chartered accountant, 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.

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