The Maharashtra government plans to hang 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Momon later this month. TADA court has issued a death warrant against him. Media reports suggest that Memon, 53, will be hanged till death at 7 am on July 30 in Nagpur Central Jail.
Has exhausted most options of evading death sentence
- Memon was sentenced to death on charges of criminal conspiracy under Section 120-b of the Indian Penal Code by a TADA court way back in 2007.
- On April 9, the Supreme Court rejected a review petition filed by Memon seeking a commutation of his death sentence to life sentence.
- President Pranab Mukherjee turned down Memon's mercy plea last year.
- However, he has filed a curative petition, the last legal resort available to any convict to appeal against the Supreme Court's review petition.
- The petition will come up for hearing on July 21.
Who is Yakub Memon?
- A chartered accountant, he is the brother of terror mastermind Ibrahim Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon.
- It was Tiger Memon who got Yakub involved in planning of serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 on March 12, 1993, according to the CBI.
What is the case?
- On March 12, 1993, within a span of two hours between 1:33 pm and 3:40 pm, a series of 12 bomb explosions took place one after the other across Mumbai.
- Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Sena Bhavan, Century Bazaar were some of the places that were attacked.
The is was the first ever terrorist attack where RDX was used on a large scale.
The CBI alleged the blasts were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and others.