Yakub Memon to be hanged: Historic judgement by SC, says Ujjwal Nikam

Ujjawal Nikam, Special Public Prosecutor in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to reject the curative petition filed Yakub Memon.

Updated: Jul 21, 2015, 15:38 PM IST

Mumbai: Ujjawal Nikam, Special Public Prosecutor in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to reject the curative petition filed Yakub Memon.

Speaking to a news channel, Nikam said the apex court has rightly rejected the curative petition and that the verdict will have far reaching consequences.

“Now there is no legal impediment for execution of the sentence,” Nikam said.

Nikam, who was also the prosecutor in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, said that the death penalty is not about taking one person's life but is meant to act as a deterrent.

Yakub, brother of absconding accused Ibrahim Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon, was alleged to be one of the conspirators in the case. While Tiger and his kin were suspected to have escaped to Pakistan after the 1993 blasts, Yakub returned to India with a few family members and was later tried by a TADA court.

A chartered accountant by profession, Yakub was the most educated member of the Memon family. He was convicted in the 1993 serial blasts case in which 257 persons were killed. The Supreme Court had on March 21 sentenced him to death for his role in the case.