Bring riots accused to trial: Yakub
Yakub also distances himself from his brother Tiger Memon. Your take? | Picsindia Updated: Sep 15, 2006 01:46 IST
Raking up the controversial Srikrishna Commission report on the 1992-93 riots in Mumbai, Mumbai serial blasts' accused Yakub Memon on Thursday asked a special court to first "bring those indicted by report to trial".
Yakub also tried to distance himself from his absconding brother Tiger Memon, alleged mastermind and one of the prime accused in the serial blasts on March 12, 1993 that killed 257 people.
The court on Monday found Yakub and three other members of the influential family guilty.
"I have already been proclaimed guilty of charges that are false and fabricated," Yakub told the court.
"We have been proclaimed guilty, but others indicted (by the Srikrishna Commission) are still roaming scot-free. These people have not even been brought to trial, let alone be found guilty," said Yakub, speaking in fluent English.
The Maharashtra government had set up the one-man commission to probe the communal riots in Mumbai in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition.
The report was tabled in the State Assembly in 1997 but the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena combine government did not implement it.
"There should not be any injustice. Implement the report and bring the guilty to book," Yakub pleaded.
Objecting to Yakub's statement, public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said: "The accused is making a political speech as if he is addressing a political meet on Mumbai's Chowpatty."
"He should be heard on the matter of his sentence."
The court also heard statements of Yakub's wife Rubina and brother Essa. The other convicted brother Yusuf could not attend the court due to ill health.
Both Essa and Rubina pleaded their sentences be made lenient.
Special judge PD Kode said the court would hear the arguments of both the prosecutor and the defence on Friday.