Mumbai Serial Blast: SC refers Yakub Memon’s plea to larger bench

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SC bench split over Yakub Memon's  curative plea
SC bench split over Yakub Memon’s curative plea

Following sharp differences between two judges, the Supreme Court refered Yakub Memon’s plea seeking to stop his execution, to a larger bench. Justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph differed on the issue of entertaining the plea of Memon.

Justice Anil Dave, one of the judges, said Yakub Memon’s execution should not be stopped; “if the king doesn’t punish the guilty with red eyes then the entire sins will come on the king.” However, Justice Kurien Joseph, differs from Anil Dave’s view, saying that there was a violation of procedure and “such technicality should not stand in the way to protect the life of a person.”

Yakub, a chartered accountant, is the brother of the infamous Tiger Memon who is one of the masterminds behind the Mumbai serial blasts which led to death of 257 innocent people. He is set to hang in Nagpur central jail on July 30.

Yakub had moved the apex court seeking to quash the death warrant against him by the TADA court, claiming that the court could not have issued the warrant when his curative petition was already pending before the Supreme Court. The petition says that the death warrant issued for his hanging on July 30 was against the principles of natural justice and due processes of law were not followed. Earlier, the top court had rejected Yakub’s curative petition.

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