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A Question Mark Hangs

Is it a miscarriage of justice, will Yakub Memon hang for others’ sins?

A Question Mark Hangs
Hindustan Times
A Question Mark Hangs
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The Vicious Circle

How Yakub Memon got embroiled in the deadliest attack on Mumbai

  • Dec 6, 1992 Babri Masjid in Ayodhya demolished
  • Dec 1992-Jan 1993 Communal riots rock Bombay, 900 dead, mostly Muslims
  • Mar 10, 1993 Memon family leaves for Dubai; third son Yakub, then 30 and a chartered accountant, has a practice with 200 clients
  • Mar 12, 1993 12 serial blasts rock Bombay, 257 dead, 713 injured
  • Aug 5, 1994 Yakub Memon shown as being picked up from New Delhi station; he claims he had given himself up in Nepal eight days earlier
  • Jun 30, 1995 The special TADA court commences trial with J.N. Patel as the presiding judge; 123 accused, all charged under conspiracy, Sec 120-B of Indian Penal Code
  • Mar 29, 1996 Judge P.D. Kode takes over as TADA court judge
  • Jul 28, 1999 Yakub writes to the SC chief just­ice, seeks relief from “unbearable punishment”
  • Dec 2, 2006 After examining 686 witnesses, TADA court finds 100 guilty, 23 not guilty
  • Jul 27, 2007 The court completes verdict; 12 including Yakub get death, 20 given life sentences
  • Mar 21, 2013 SC commutes sentences of 10 but confirms death penalty for Yakub Memon, saying “his commanding position and the crime of utmost gravity” warranted no less
  • May 2014 President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Yakub’s mercy petition
  • Apr 9, 2015 SC rejects plea, confirms death for Yakub
  • Apr 29, 2015 Special court in Mumbai fixes July 30 as date of execution
  • Jul 21, 2015 SC rejects curative petition filed by Yakub

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