Supreme Court to hear Yakub Memon's plea on Monday

Supreme Court to hear Yakub Memon

Yakub-A.R.-MemonNew Delhi, Jul 26 -The Supreme Court on Monday will hear the plea by 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon, who had sought a stay of his death sentence set for July 30. After the Apex Court had on July 21 rejected Yakub's mercy petition, Memon moved the Supreme Court contending that the death warrant for his execution was issued before he could have exhausted the legal remedies available to him. He also sought that his death sentence be stayed by the Apex Court. The SC while rejected Yakub's mercy petition and said that it was void of merit. Memon had also filed a mercy petition before the Maharashtra Governor seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment. The blasts in March 12, 1993, ripped through Mumbai, then known as Bombay, killing at least 257 people at separate landmarks, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, a popular cinema hall and two crowded markets. According to the CBI, the probe agency in the case, Memon's brother "Tiger" Memon and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to be the main masterminds behind the attack, carried out to avenge the destruction of the Babri mosque in 1992. Both remain in hiding, reportedly in Pakistan. Memon is, however, the only convict to be sentenced to the gallows for his role in the 93 Mumbai serial blasts case. The SC had commuted other 10 convicts' sentence from death to rigorous life imprisonment. The Apex Court, however, find the offence committed by Yakub Memon to be the rarest of rare and sentenced him to the gallows. The SC found Memon to be the "driving spirit" behind the attacks and his 2007 death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court. While Tiger Memon has been in hiding since 1993, Yakub Memon decided to return to India from Pakistan in 1994, to prove his innocence in the case. The 1993 Bombay bombings saw a series of 13 bomb explosions that took place in Bombay (now Mumbai) on March 12, 1993. The brutal attacks were the most destructive bomb explosions in Indian history.

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