With the Supreme Court rejecting the curative mercy plea of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, Yakub Memon, the decks are clear for his hanging on July 30. Memon was awarded the death sentence by a special TADA court in Mumbai in 2007 for his role in the blasts, including arranging finances for carrying out the serial explosions which killed 257 and injured over 700 across the city in March, 1993.
Yakub Memon will be hanged in the Nagpur Central Jail on July 30, where he is currently lodged, following the rejection of his appeal by the apex court and by President Pranab Mukherjee. Memon is a key conspirator, along with India's most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim, in the Mumbai serial blasts case and is one of the ten convicts awarded the death penalty. The blasts were allegedly planned and carried out by Dawood Ibrahim and his accomplice Tiger Memon. Yakub Memon, a CA, is the younger brother of Tiger Memon, reportedly in Pakistan.
Memon had filed his second review petition before the Supreme Court even as the Maharashtra government prepared for the hanging, for which the black warrant issued last week. Subsequently, he appealed against the sentence in the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court and later filed a mercy petition with the president, followed by a review petition, and a second review petition.