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CPI (M) opposes Yakub Memon’s death penalty

Sitaram Yechury

New Delhi, July 26 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday opposed the death penalty awarded to 1993 Bombay blasts convict Yakub Memon, saying that the latter had helped the Indian agencies.

“CPI (M) in principle opposes capital punishment to Yakub Memon and others…Yakub Memon helped Indian agencies, he should not be given capital punishment,” CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told ANI.

The CPI (M) leader’s reacting came after Bollywood actor Salman Khan tweeted that Yakub Memon should not be hanged as the real culprit is the latter’s brother Tiger Memon.

Meanwhile, a petition endorsed by eminent jurists, the Members of Parliament, leaders of political parties, eminent individuals from different walks of life has been submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to consider the mercy plea against the execution of Yakub Memon’s death sentence.

Yakub Memon has been sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

The Supreme Court had earlier this week rejected his last-minute appeal and upheld his hanging for July 30. (ANI)