New Delhi, Jan 28 : The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Anjum Abdul Razak Memon alias Essa, one of the convicts involved in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Appearing for Anjum, senior advocate Harish Salve said that his client had already spent over 12 years in jail, and therefore, should be granted bail.
In September last year, Anjum was granted interim bail by the apex court.
Besides Anjum, Yusuf and Tiger Memon's sister-in-law Rubina, who had been awarded life sentences, were also granted bail.
Rubina, Essa and Yusuf were convicted of charges of abetment and conspiracy, and had sought interim bail on grounds that they had not yet received a copy of the TADA judgement relating to their conviction, which was pronounced on September 12, 2006.
Rubina, the wife of Tiger Memon's brother Suleiman Memon, was not given the death sentence because she was a woman. She was found guilty of allowing her Maruti van to be used for the transportation of weapons and arms, and also for allowing her flat in the Al Hussaini building to be used for a conspiracy meeting. Yusuf and Essa were also found guilty for allowing their flat in the same building to be used for conspiracy meetings.
Essa has been diagnosed with brain tumour as well as morbid obesity, a reason for the trial court to award him a life term instead of the death penalty.
Yusuf, the youngest of the Memon brothers, was also spared the death penalty and awarded a life term on health grounds, as he is a known schizophrenic, needing constant medical attention.
Yakub Memon had been awarded a death sentence in the case.
Tiger Memon has been declared absconding, while his father Abdul Razzak Memon passed away during the trial.