NAGPUR: Convicted for helping plan and execute the serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 that killed around 260 people, Yakub Memon has another time appealed to the Supreme Court to stop hanging that is slated to happen on July 30.
In July 1993, bombs exploded in 12 different parts of Mumbai that also included landmarks such as the Bombay Stock Exchange and a popular cinema creating terror in the financial capital of the country.
The last-minute appeal by 53-year-old Memon against the capital punishment was rejected by the apex court two days ago.
According to the new petition, the death warrant – which orders his hanging issued recently, is illegal because it did not follow proper procedure.
In the mean time, the family of the guilty has reached Nagpur to see him and wife and four others are scheduled to meet him on Thursday at the Nagpur jail.
Memon’s brother, the famous underworld don, Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim are the masterminds of the Mumbai attacks who are still missing.
A trained Charted Accountant, Yakub Memon had returned to India in 1994 crying his innocence in the matter and claimed that he surrendered to cooperate with the investigation; but officials said he had been arrested.
He was then convicted by a Mumbai court in 2007 for financing the terror attack and assembling the training of terrorists in Pakistan. However, the death sentence given to him was supported by higher courts in later years.