Ex-CBI Chief Backs Yakub’s Execution, Hits Out at Rights Activists in RSS Mouthp

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Ex-CBI Chief Backs Yakub’s Execution, Hits Out at Rights Activists in RSS Mouthp

Supporting death penalty for terrorists, former CBI Director Joginder Singh has accused Yakub Memon, hanged for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, and his supporters of misusing India's liberal laws and called for an overhaul of anti-terror legislations.

In an article in RSS organ Organizer, the former CBI Director hit out at rights activists opposing death sentence to Memon, saying they did so for the sake of publicity.

He also made a strong case for change in anti-terror laws saying India was unable to fight extremists because the then Government in 2004 had repealed anti-terror laws in the name of vote bank politics.

"India has failed to tackle terrorism for the simple reason that all terrorism laws were repealed by the then Government in 2004, for appeasement, vote bank politics... There is no effective law to deal with the terrorism in our country... It is rather overdue to change the policies, laws and approach, which has failed to deliver."

Yakub Memon case shows, how the terrorists use every opportunity, to misuse the liberal laws of India. Despite being slated to be hanged on July 30, he filed a case in the Supreme Court and to delay, sent a mercy petition to the President, which had been rejected," Singh said.

Coming down heavily on "the open and tacit supporters" of Memon, Singh urged the Government "not to bother about such people" saying, "Most Indians, irrespective of religion, will support the Government if it can convey it means business."

Singh also launched a scathing attack on activists arguing against death penalty for terrorists saying, "There are more unpaid advisers and so-called rights activists, than the problem, the country has faced.

Instead of ensuring good governance, such people are finding fault with everything. Since they can't criticise the judiciary, they egg the criminals to go on approaching apex curt again and again to delay the cases. Obviously, it is for the purpose of getting publicity in the media."

The former chief of RPF, Joginder Singh quoted former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who had on July 15, 1985 in a speech to the American Bar Association called for "starving the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity and asking the media to agree among themselves to a voluntary code of conduct... Under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause..."

Arguing for the "bullet for bullet" policy against terrorists advocated by two former top cops including the then Punjab DGPs JF Rebeiro and KPS Gill, Singh said, "Even for dealing with terrorists, there are many bleeding hearts which are critical of the Bullet for Bullet Policy initiated by a former DGP and followed by his successor."

Former CBI chief while ruing that current laws demanded independent witnesses for everything said, "It foxes me as to how do you expect independent witnesses to be at the scene of every terrorist attack...The laws specifically say no confession made to the police, irrespective of the rank, is admissible in the court...

Now the Police think twice before even dispersing the crowds lest they be accused of use of excessive force...We need to ask as to what comes first: rights of common man or the Rights of Terrorist?"

Another article in the Organizer argued that Yakub Memon's religion had no role to play in awarding him the capital punishment and that he paid for his deeds.

"While prime time discussions are trying to portray the Mumbai blasts verdict as a human rights issue, it is not fair in a secular democracy to debate one's religion after the Supreme Court has found him guilty and awarded him capital punishment," says the article.

Yakub Memon, a Mumbai-based chartered accountant and younger brother of Tiger Memon, one of the masterminds of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts which claimed the lives of 257 innocent Indians and left over 700 injured, "paid for his deeds".

It added that people who argue otherwise are not well-wishers of Muslims in India.

The article also says that while murdering innocent people is not a part of Sharia Law, Sharia can punish persons for bad public behaviour, private behaviour and private beliefs and also murderers.

"Yakub Memon is not an innocent guy. He is involved in the massive killing of 257 odd people. When he did such a heinous crime, then why the Sharia Law was silent in such cases? Muslims have always tried to take advantage of their religion,” says the article.

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