Mumbai, July 23: Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, who has been sentenced to death in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, may not live to receive his second post graduation degree in political science.
As per the Supreme Court verdict, Yakub will be sent to gallows on July 30, Thursday, at 7 am in Nagpur Central jail, ironically, the day when he turns 54-year-old.
Yakub has been behind bars since 1994 from past 21 years. In 2007, he was given pronounced with death sentence by the trial court.
According to reports, Yakub was highly disturbed when he heard that he has been given sentence, but death penalty did not deter him to pursue higher studies.
In 2012, he completed his M.A. English (Hons.) and in 2014, he completed his M.A. (Political Science), from the distance learning Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
IGNOU had provided him free books and other study manuals. It is said that Yakub was given a table and chair to study separately. [1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon pursuing PG course]
He scored 58% in M.A. English Literature and 56% in M.A. in Political Science.
An avid learner, Yakub was conferred with a degree during convocation on April 12, 2013, at Nagpur University's Guru Nanak Hall. But since he was on death row, police refused him permission to attend the ceremony, unlike other prisoners. His degrees were later conferred on him in jail premises.
A Chartered Accountant (CA) by profession, Yakub's convocation ceremony in IGNOU will be held on Wednesday, August 8. But, by that time, he may not be alive to receive his degree.
Once, he was known to be the best Chartered Accountant by the Memon community. He studied in an English medium school, later acquired a B.Com degree and then qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990.
A year later, he set up "Mehta & Memon Associates" along with a childhood friend Chetan Mehta. A year later, they parted ways and Memon set up his independent firm, "AR & Sons". He was also conferred the "Best CA" Award by the Memon community in Mumbai.
According to sources, "all through at Nagpur jail, Yakub had hoped he would come out. He always felt that his good conduct in jail may help him get out.
Jail authorities said, "Yakub never once believed that he would be hanged. He wanted to be a role model and preferred to immerse himself in books."
The death sentence handed to him by the anti-terror court was upheld first by the High Court and then the Supreme Court in 2013. In June 2014, the apex court had stayed his execution.
President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy petition last year.
Mumbai serial blasts on Friday, March 12, 1993, had claimed 257 lives and over 700 were injured. Property worth Rs 27 crore was damaged in the 12 explosions, that ripped off the India's financial hub.