Burma Times: 30 July 2015
Yakub Memon, who was hanged on Thursday for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, had reacted with an angry outburst saying “innocent people are being called terrorists” when a TADA court here had pronounced him guilty on September 12, 2006
Yakub Memon, who was hanged on Thursday for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, had reacted with an angry outburst saying “innocent people are being called terrorists” when a TADA court here had pronounced him guilty on September 12, 2006.
After hearing the verdict, he had said, “We do not want to engage lawyers to argue on quantum of sentence…13 years have passed and innocent people are being called terrorists.”
“We have already been branded as terrorists and shall face the consequences,” said Yakub, the younger brother of absconding accused Tiger Memon, when he was convicted along with his brothers Essa and Yusuf by designated Judge P D Kode.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, 53-year-old Yakub always kept aloof from the other accused, but on the day of judgement he could not control his emotions and shouted that he was not responsible for the bomb blasts.
In another incident prior to the judgement, Yakub had lost his cool one day and ran menacingly before the then TADA Judge J N Patel saying: “Tiger was right in telling me that I should not go to India with family as we would be hounded.” The judge found Yakub guilty of conspiracy and financing the serial blasts through co-accused Mulchand Shah and the firm M/s Tejarat International – owned by his brother Ayub Memon , who is absconding.
Yakub was also charged with providing tickets to co-accused who were sent to Pakistanvia Dubai for training in arms and ammunition.
He was also charged with purchasing vehicles and using them in the blasts by planting explosives.
A series of 13 explosions had rocked the country’s commercial capital on March 12, 1993, in which 257 people were killed and 713 injured, besides property worth Rs 27 crore was damaged.
The trial commenced on June 30, 1995 and 13,000 pages of evidence was recorded, with CBI examining 686 witnesses, including two approvers who unfolded the conspiracy.
The blasts were masterminded by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim with the help of his lieutenants Tiger Memon and Mohammed Dossa, allegedly at the instance of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI to avenge the demolition of disputed Babri Masjid, the CBI claimed in the chargesheet.
After Salman’s tweet in support of Yakub Memon became a debatable topic, lawyer Sushil Kumar Mishra filed a case against him, calling the actor anti-national, according to a report in Bollywoodlife.com.
The lawyer has filed a similar petition against Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi for coming out in support of Yakub Memon.
A case has been filed against Salman and Owaisi under section 124A (sedition) and others of Indian Penal Code.
Defending Yakub Memon, who is seeking mercy from the court, asking the court to stay his death sentence, Salman had tweeted: “Get tiger hang him. Parade him (Yakub Memon) not his brother (Tiger Memon)”.
Also the lawyers have raised three points in their petition to the CJI – with the first being how could the president decide a mercy petition in such short time? The petition was moved at 10 a.m. and by evening, the president had referred it to the home ministry and a short while later, rejected it, they said.
Secondly, they raised the issue of changed circumstances raised in the mercy petition in which Memon had said he is suffering from schizophrenia for the past many years. The third point they raised was after the Maharashtra governor and President Mukherjee rejected the mercy plea, Memon should have been given 14 days time.
Memon, 53, filed a fresh mercy petition before President Mukherjee to escape the gallows. In the evening, President Mukherjee held discussions over the mercy plea with union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who advised him to reject the plea.