Bengaluru, April 9: The Supreme Court has rejected a review sought by 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, Yakub Memon against his death sentence. This verdict only gets him a step close to the gallows and for investigators of the case it could be termed as a closure as there have been many twists and turns regarding his death sentence.
The Supreme Court had in the year 2014 stayed his execution in the wake of him filing a review petition. Following this verdict, the only other option for Memon would be to file a mercy petition before the President of India.
The Yakub Memon case
Yakub Memon a chartered accountant by profession was convicted for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. He is also the brother of Tiger Memon one of the main accused in the case along with Dawood Ibrahim.
After he had been sentenced by the TADA court, his appeal came up before the Supreme Court of India. On March 21 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence awared to him following which Memon filed a review.
The review petition
In the year 2014, the Supreme Court while hearing his review petition stayed his death sentence. Memon had argued before the Supreme Court that neither the trial court nor the Supreme court gave special reasons for awarding him a death sentence.
The entire conviction was based on retracted confessions of several accused and there is no evidence to show that he had taken part in the blasts.