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Death row convict Yakub Memon pursuing PG course

PTI  Nagpur, June 10, 2014
First Published: 12:02 IST(10/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:04 IST(10/6/2014)

Death row convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case whose execution was stayed by the Supreme Court last week, is appearing for MA (Political Science) examination in the Nagpur central jail.

Memon, a chartered accountant, is appearing for second year exams.

"He wrote his first paper on June 3 and another paper on Monday from his 'Fasi Yard' (high security ward where prisoners awaiting capital punishment are lodged) in the Nagpur Central Jail. Being a high-profile prisoner, he is not allowed to go out," Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU) regional director P Sivaswaroop told PTI.

His examinations would conclude on June 28, he said.

Along with Memon, there are five more death row convicts in the jail here taking the exams, Sivaswaroop pointed out.

"Over 300 prisoners are appearing for various courses of IGNOU, which is certainly a good sign. For us, Memon is just like other jail inmates serving various terms behind bars," he said.

Memon had earlier completed his MA (English) in second division and was conferred with a degree during convocation on April 12, 2013, at Nagpur University's Guru Nanak Hall, the IGNOU director said.

But since he was on death row, police refused him permission to attend the ceremony, unlike other prisoners. His degrees were later conferred on him in jail premises, he said.

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