The Supreme Court will hear on Monday the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea challenging the death sentence issued against him and for the stay of his execution set for July 30.
Memon sought quashing of the sentence on the grounds that a lower court’s death warrant is illegal as all the legal remedies available to him under the law have not been exhausted and that he has also approached the Maharastra governor with a plea for mercy.
“I have already assigned the bench. It will come by Monday,” said Chief Justice HL Dattu after senior counsel TR Andhyarujina mentioned the matter before the bench on Friday.
Memon, whose curative petition against the death sentence awarded by special TADA court was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, is lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.
As many as 257 people were killed and over 700 wounded in the serial blasts in Mumbai on March 12, 1993. Memon was the lone convict whose death penalty was upheld by the top court.
His execution was fixed for July 30 even as his curative petition was still pending in the Supreme Court.
In his petition, he cited the apex court’s May 27 verdict quashing the death warrant to Shabnam and her paramour Salim, who killed seven members of her family including a 10-month-old child, on the grounds of its not being in accordance with procedures.
Memon, a chartered accountant by profession, denied any involvement in the blasts during a staggered trial and appeal process. He and two of his brothers, Essa and Yusuf Memon, were convicted in 2006 under anti-terrorism laws.
Another brother Tiger Memon was alleged to have masterminded the attacks along with Dawood Ibrahim. Both have been on the run since 1993.
Yakub Memon left for Dubai in the days before the bombs exploded but were arrested when they returned to his Mahim home in central Mumbai in 1994.
The academically-inclined Memon has done his MA in English literature and political science in Nagpur jail through the distance learning programme offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
But the 53-year-old may not live to receive his second MA degree as he is to be hanged on his birthday, July 30.