Speculations rife, security tight in Nagpur

Speculations are rife in the local media about Yakub Memon’s possible execution on July 30 and the reported plans of the jail administration to bury him inside the jail premises “in order to avoid communal flare up”.

However, the jail administration and Nagpur police have maintained strict silence over the fate of the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused. On Tuesday, another rumour surfaced in the jail premises that Yakub Memom would be “secretly” shifted to another jail in Maharashtra a day or two before his proposed execution.

A chopper doing the rounds of the area on Monday night, where Nagpur jail is situated, only added to the speculations but the jail authorities chose to remain tight-lipped. On Tuesday evening, Yakub’s cousin Usman Memon and his lawyer Anil Gedam visited Nagpur jail and spent three hours inside the high security prison, but both of them chose to avoid the media waiting at the jail gate.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has issued a Government Resolution (GR) sanctioning Rs.21, 84,700 for “to put up iron grills” to cover the open space in the hanging yard of Nagpur central jail. “With the rejection of Yakub Memon’s mercy petition by the Supreme Court, it is important to increase the security of Nagpur central prison. The government sanctions Rs.21, 84,700 to put up iron grills in section 3 of the Fasi yard,” reads the GR, a copy of which is available with The Hindu.

According some reports, the jail administration has already completed the work of putting up iron grills at the hanging yard with nearing of the “proposed date” of Yakub’s execution.

Nagpur police have already issued an “alert” in view of possible execution of Memon.

(The story has been edited to reflect the editorial stand of The Hindu)

Hanging in the balance

A little over 20 years after 13 co-ordinated blasts rocked Mumbai, killing 257 and injuring over 700, the lone convict on death, Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, could be hanged on July 30 if the SC rejects his curative petition against death sentence.

Here's a snapshot of the debates surrounding Yakub's case and the ethics of the death penalty and its finality.

>From messenger to mastermind

Yakub Memon would pay for his brother's sins and become the only man to be sentenced to death in the Mumbai blasts case.

>Trial and error

Trial courts have been handing out death sentences at the rate of ten a month for the last 15 years.

>Why the death penalty must end:

The world is moving away from using the death penalty. The European Union has made "abolition of death penalty" a prerequisite for membership: says Kanimozhi


  • 1993
    • March 12: Thirteen explosions rock Mumbai killing 257 and injuring 713 others.
    • April 19: Actor Sanjay Dutt arrested.
    • November 4: 10,000 page-long charge sheet filed against 189 accused, including Dutt.
    • November 19: Case handed over to CBI
  • 1994
    • April 1: TADA court shifted inside Arthur Road Central Jail premises.
    • April 10: 26 accused discharged by the TADA court. SC discharges two more accused – travel agent Abu Asim Azmi and Amjed Meher Baux.
    • April 19: Trial commences.
    • June 30: Two accused, Mohammed Jameel and Usman Jhankanan, turn approvers.
    • October 14: Sanjay Dutt granted bail by Supreme Court.
    • March 29: P.D. Kode designated as a special TADA judge for the case.
  • 2000
    • October: Examination of 684 prosecution witnesses ends.
    • Mar 9 - July 18, 2001: Accused record their statements
    • August 9: Prosecution begins arguments.
    • October 18: Prosecution completes arguments
    • November 9: Defence starts arguments
  • 2002
    • August 22: Defence closes arguments.
  • 2003
    • February 20: Dawood gang member Ejaz Pathan produced in court.
    • March 20: Mustafa Dossa's remand proceedings and trial separated.
    • September: Trial ends. Court reserves judgement.
  • 2006
    • June: Gangster Abu Salem's trial separated.
    • September 12: Court starts delivering the judgement, pronounces four members of the Memon family guilty and acquits three. 12 convicts awarded death penalty while 20 were given life sentence.
  • 2011
    • November 1: SC begins hearing on appeals filed by the 100 convicts as well as the state.
  • 2012
    • August 29: SC reserves its order on the appeals.
  • 2013
    • March 21: SC upholds death sentence of convict Yakub Memon, brother of Tiger Memon, and commutes death sentence of 10 convicts to life term. Life imprisonment of 16 out of 18 convicts also upheld. >Read more
  • 2014
    • May: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Yakub's mercy plea. >Read more
    • June 2: SC stays Memon's execution on plea seeking review petitions in death cases to be heard in open court instead of chambers. >Read more
  • 2015
    • April 9: SC dismisses Memon's petition seeking review of death sentence which was upheld by apex court.
    • July 21: SC rejects Memon's curative petition, the last legal remedy to avoid execution of death sentence. >Read more

>A case for mercy

Hanging Yakub Memon will be cruel and inhuman, for more than one reason

>From 'best' CA to death row detenu

Yakub was once named the best chartered accountant by the Memon community

>Justice or vengeance?

Procedure followed to obtain death warrant for Yakub Memon suffers from serious constitutional flaws

>Yakub Memon and the story of the death penalty

This will be India's third execution since it lifted its informal 8-year moratorium

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