THE justices -J S Khehar and C Nagappan –of Supreme Court (SC) on Monday stayed the execution of death row convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key conspirator in the 1992-93 Mumbai serial blasts case.
The TADA court in Mumbai had in November 2006 convicted 100 out of 123 accused in the case. While 12 were awarded death penalty, 20 others got the life term and rest 68 got varying jail terms under the provisions of the anti-terror law, IPC and other relevant penal laws.
A bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan had on March 21, 2013, upheld the death sentence of Memon. The bench had commuted the death penalty awarded by a special TADA court to 10 others, who had planted RDX explosives-laden vehicles at various places in Mumbai, to life term by distinguishing their roles from that of the Memon.
Dealing with case of Memon, a chartered accountant by profession and brother of proclaimed offender Tiger Memon, the court had said he was the “driving force” and a “mastermind” behind the blasts that rocked 12 crowded areas in Mumbai leaving 257 dead and over 700 injured.
The 10 convicts whose death sentence was commuted to life term were — Abdul Gani Ismail Turk, Parvez Nazir Ahmed Shaikh, Mushtaq Tarani, Asghar Mukadam, Shahnawaz Qureshi, Shoaib Ghansar, Firoze Amani Malki, Zakir Hussain, Abdul Akhtar Khan and Farooq Pawale.
The court had said the accused received training in making of bombs by using RDX and other explosives, handling of automatic weapons like AK-56 rifles and hand grenades in Pakistan which was “organized and methodically carried out by Dawood Ibrahim, Anees Ibrahim, Mohd Dossa and Salim Bismillah Khan (since deceased)”.