Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, brother of fugitive terror mastermind Tiger Memon, has been behind bars since 1994, when the CBI allegedly arrested him from Kathmandu.
A chartered accountant by profession, when he goes to the gallows, he will be one of the few prisoners who will have completed two masters degrees from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
In 2013, Memon acquired a masters in English literature, and later in political science.
Convicted to death by a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (Tada) in 2007, Memon exhausted all legal options in trying to escape the gallows.
While the president refused to pardon him, a three-judge Supreme Court bench, too, upheld his death sentence.
Upholding that verdict, the Supreme Court, in March 2013, said: “It is not a hyperbole to state that he was one of the driving spirits behind the plan.”
In April 2015, Yakub’s petition to reconsider the previous verdict was junked by a three-judge Supreme Court bench.
The only well-educated member of the Memon family was found guilty of criminal conspiracy and for arranging finances and managing its disbursement through the co-accused in the Mumbai serial blasts case.
Yakub, who police sources said had voluntarily returned, has found no takers for his many pleas.
According to the prosecution, key conspirators Tiger Memon, along with Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees Ibrahim, had called some of their trusted men, including Yakub, to Dubai between December 1992 and January 1993 to chalk out a plan to execute the serial blasts in Mumbai.
It was alleged that Yakub had played a key role in the execution of the conspiracy. He was also accused of giving financial assistance to the terrorist activity. It was alleged that Yakub had, through his contacts, arranged Rs 21.90 lakh for the execution of the plan.
The prosecution had alleged that the Memon family played an active role in the blasts and that their own vehicles were used to plant bombs. Yakub was also accused of distribution of arms and ammunition, detonators and explosives to other accused.