Apex court stays execution of Yakub Memon

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of Yakub Memon, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

President Pranab Mukherjee had earlier rejected Yakub’s mercy plea nearly 10 days ago and conveyed his decision to the Maharashtra government. In October 2013, Yakub had applied for a presidential pardon following which a report from the state government was sought by the home ministry.

Yakub, a chartered accountant and brother of terror mastermind Tiger Memon, was sentenced to death by a TADA court in 2007 after being found guilty of charges of criminal conspiracy and for arranging finances and managing its disbursement through the co-accused in the Mumbai serial blasts case.

The multiple blasts had claimed 257 lives and left 713 injured.


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