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Maha govt will follow SC directive on Yakub Memon: Fadnavis

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Mumbai, July 15: Amid reports that 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, who is on death row, will be hanged this month end, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said his government would follow the directives of the Supreme Court on the issue.

“Whatever we do will be made public at an appropriate time,” said Fadnavis, who is in New Delhi today.

“The Supreme Court has made a decision on this issue. Whatever directives will be given by the court, the Maharashtra government will act according to that. We will provide more information on this matter when the time is right,” Fadnavis said.

If the execution is carried out, it will be the first in connection with the violence that rocked Mumbai resulting in the death of over 250 people in 1993.

Media reports had said the execution will take place if Memon’s plea is rejected by the Supreme Court, after his appeals against the death sentence were rejected by the apex court and by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Memon is lodged in Nagpur Central Jail, which reportedly has facility to carry out capital punishment.

A senior prison official told PTI that any decision on the date of hanging will depend on the outcome of the curative petition in SC.

Memon, a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, is one of ten convicts awarded death penalty by a special TADA court.

His death sentence was upheld by a Supreme Court bench on March 21, 2013. Meanwhile, Special Public Prosecutor in the case Ujjwal Nikam said that if the prime conspirator, Yakub Memon, is sent to the gallows, it will send a strong message in society.

“During the trial of 1993 serial blasts, it was proved that the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan and some persons (Indians) were sent to Karachi via Dubai,” Nikam told PTI.

Though Pakistan’s hand in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts was established, the world did not believe it, he said. “After the 26/11 case, it is now proved that terrorism is sponsored by Pakistan,” Nikam added.

PTI