New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon's curative petition against death sentence. Memon will now be hanged on July 30 .
The curative petition was the last legal recourse available for Memon. The hanging is likely to take place at Nagpur Central Jail.
Maharashtra Home Ministry said that after the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition, the state government is going ahead with the preparations for the hanging of death row convict Yakub Memon. As per the apex court directives already laid down, the prisoner and the family were informed of the death warrant on July 14.
Hailing the judgement, Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam calls it a historic one.
Retired Justice PD Kode said, "This is good. People will maintain their faith in the judiciary. Everybody who is responsible should be dealt sternly in accordance with the law."
On July 15, the Maharashtra government had decided to execute Memon on July 30.
Yakub was sentenced to death by a designated TADA court in 2007, after being found guilty of criminal conspiracy.
Memon is convicted for criminal conspiracy under Section 120-B of the IPC, aiding, abetting and facilitating a terrorist act, illegal possession and transportation of arms and ammunition and possessing explosives with intent to endanger lives.
In March 2013, the apex court had rejected Memon's appeal against conviction by TADA court. In May 2014, then President rejected Memon's mercy petition and in April 2015, the Supreme Court rejected Memon's review petition against conviction and sentence.
According to investigating agency, Tiger Memon got Yakub involved in planning and plotting the serial blasts that killed at least 257 people and injured about 700 on March 12, 1993.
Here is the list of places attacked in the serial blasts:
Bombay Stock Exchange Building
Fisherman's Colony in Mahim causeway
Hotel Sea Rock
the Air India Building
Hotel Juhu Centaur