Memon family members, 15 others surrender

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Mumbai, Oct 25 (UNI) Three members of the Memon family, which had masterminded the March 1993 serial blasts, and 15 other convicts out on bail, surrendered before the designated TADA court here today after receiving copies of the final verdict.

The 18 blast convicts, including Yusuf Memon and Anjum Memon -- brothers of prime absconding accused Tiger Memon, and their sister-in-law Rubina Memon have been awarded imprisonment ranging from six years to life by the TADA court.

However, they were later granted interim bail by the apex court on the ground that copies of the final verdict were not given to the convicts to enable them to approach the Supreme Court and challenge the TADA court judgment.

While granting the bail, the apex court had directed them to surrender before the TADA court once they were furnished with the copies of the judgement.

After the surrender, all the convicts were taken to diffrent jails to serve the remaining sentence.

Two women convicts -- Mobina Baya and Rubina Memon -- broke down after they received the copies but were immediately taken into custody by the women police constables deployed there.

With this, the court has handed over the final judgement copies to 87 out the total of 100 convicts.

Meanwhile, the court could not hand over the copy of the judgment to prime convict Yakoob Memon, who has been awarded the death penalty, as he failed to come to the court on account of illness.

Yakoob, lodged at Nagpur Central prison, is suffering from some neurological problem.


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