Mumbai: Amid reports that 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, who is on death row, will be hanged this month end, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said his government would follow the directives of the Supreme Court on the issue.
"Whatever we do will be made public at an appropriate time," said Fadnavis in New Delhi today.
"The Supreme Court has made a decision on this issue. Whatever directives will be given by the court, the Maharashtra government will act according to that. We will provide more information on this matter when the time is right," Fadnavis said, as per PTI.
Media reports had said the execution will take place if Memon's plea is rejected by the Supreme Court, after his appeals against the death sentence were rejected by the apex court and by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Memon is lodged in Nagpur Central Jail, which reportedly has facility to carry out capital punishment.
His death sentence was upheld by a Supreme Court bench on March 21, 2013.
Here are five points about Memon:
- If the execution is carried out, it will be the first in connection with the violence that rocked Mumbai resulting in the death of over 250 people in 1993.
- Yakub Memon is the brother of fugitive Tiger Memon, another mastermind of the Mumbai blasts. Yakub was said to be arrested from Kathmandu. But some reports also quoted police department sources as saying that he returned voluntarily.
- Memon is one of ten convicts awarded death penalty by a special TADA court. The plan to execute 1993 Mumbai blasts was reportedly finalised in Dubai between December 1992 and January 1993. Yakub was part of the core team who chalked out the strategy along with key conspirators Tiger Memon, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees Ibrahim.
- Yakub is said to have arranged for finances for carrying out the blasts and was also accused of distribution of ammunition, detonators and explosives to others who were part of the plan.
- While in prison Yakub pursued his education and did two masters in English literature, and political science from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
(With PTI inputs)