SC’s decision on Yakub Memon will deter other likeminded criminals: Nikam

Pune, July 21 (ANI): With the Supreme Court dismissing the curative petition of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Yakub Memon, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Tuesday said this historic decision by the apex court will deter other likeminded criminals.

“This is a very important and historic decision because accused Yakub Memon had tried to prolong the execution of death penalty by one or the other ground.The Supreme Court while awarding the death penalty to the main conspirator like Yakub Memon has primarily considered that such type of conspirators should be dealt with severe sentence in order to deter other likeminded criminals,” Nikam told ANI.

Memon will be hanged on July 30 at 7:00 a.m. in Nagpur Jail.

On July 27, 2007, Memon was sentenced to death by Justice (Retd.) Kode, who was then the special judge of the court set up under Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in Mumbai.

However, his sentence was upheld by a Supreme Court bench headed by then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan on March 21, 2013.

On April 9 this year, a three-member bench headed by Justice A R Dave rejected his review plea.

President Pranab Mukherjee had also rejected his mercy petition. (ANI)

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