Former Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju on Sunday said that there has been "gross travesty of justice" in the case of Yakub Memon, the sole death row convict and a co-conspirator of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
Katju said after carefully studying the judgement of the court he found that the evidence on which Memon has been found guilty is "very weak".
"This evidence is retracted confession of the co-accused and alleged recoveries," he wote in his blog .
Regarding retracted confessions, he said that "everyone knows how confessions are obtained by the police in our country by torture."
"Joan of Arc confessed to be a witch under torture. Moreover in Yakub Memon's case the confession was retracted," he wrote. Regarding recoveries, he said anyone having knowledge of working of police knows that such alleged recoveries are often planted.
Earlier during the day, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan tweeted in defence of Memon, saying his brother Tiger Memon should be hang insted. Salman lashed out at Tiger Memon in about a dozen tweets, and asked Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to confirm whether the mob boss is in his country.
He, however, made a U-turn and apologised after his comments provoked strong reactions from politicla parties and social media users.
On June 21, the Supreme Court had dismissed the curative petition of Memon clearing the decks for his hanging. However, on June 23, Memon again moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of execution of his death sentence. If his pleas are dismissed, he will be hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail on July 30.
Yakub Memon has been behind bars since 1994, when the CBI purportedly arrested him in Kathmandu. Sources in the Mumbai Police department said he had returned voluntarily.
Tiger Memon, along with mob boss Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees Ibrahim, are considered to be the key conspirators behind the 1993 blasts.