Mumbai, Jan 29: The prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Yakoob Memon, whose appeal against death penalty was admitted by the Apex Court on Jan 28, will be shifted from Phansi Yard (death penalty convict's cell) to another cell. Advocate Subhash Kanse, who is representing the Memon family, told UNI that as per the jail manual, if the court suspends the death penalty of a convict, his place of stay in jail has to be shifted from the specially segregated Phansi Yard to the yard used by other inmates.
Yakoob, the younger brother of prime absconding accused Tiger Memon, was awarded death penalty by the designated TADA court following which he was shifted from Arthur Road jail, where he was lodged during the trial, to the Nagpur Central jail. In the Nagpur Central jail, he was lodged in a separate room of 30 sq ft, which was locked 24 hours, where he was not allowed to meet other inmates. Even the food was supplied from a small opening in his iron cell door fitted with thin grills.