1. Why this unseemly hurry in Yakub Memon execution, asks Prashant Bhushan

Why this unseemly hurry in Yakub Memon execution, asks Prashant Bhushan

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan today questioned the "unseemly hurry" behind the execution of Yakub Memon saying no time was given to the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict to challenge the rejection of his mercy petition.

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In this Saturday, Sept. 18, 1993 photo, Yakub Memon is taken back to a jail in a police vehicle after he was allowed to visit his Mahim residence in Mumbai. Yakub Memon, 53, the only death row convict in India’s deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a last-minute mercy plea. He was executed inside a prison in Nagpur where he had been incarcerated since 1994. (Indian Express Archive)

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan today questioned the “unseemly hurry” behind the execution of Yakub Memon saying no time was given to the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict to challenge the rejection of his mercy petition.

Bhushan, who was one of the lawyers behind the last ditch attempt to stall Yakub Memon’s execution last night, said the apex court should have commuted his sentence factoring in several issues, including his “cooperation” with investigating agencies.

“He cooperated fully with the investigative agencies. He was suffering from schizophrenia and he had been in solitary confinement for a very, very long time. Under these circumstances, his sentence should have been commuted,” he said.

Addressing a press conference, Bhushan told reporters that the execution was kind of a “retributive violence” by the State, and it promotes “lynch mob mentality”.

“Yesterday the issue was of giving 14 days time, as per a Supreme court judgement, so that he can challenge the dismissal of his mercy petition in court and that he can settle his worldly affairs. But it (mercy petition) was dismissed late last night. No time was given to him. What was this unseemly hurry? What was the need for us to be so bloodthirsty?” he asked.

Late last night, Bhushan assisted Yakub Memon’s lawyers, who changed strategy and rushed to the residence Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and petitioned him for an urgent hearing to stay the hanging.

“His lawyers Anand Grover, Yog Chaudhry had contacted me so I readily went there because I felt the sentence should have been commuted,” he said.

Bhushan said the case against Yakub Memon was mounted entirely on the basis of “confessional statements” made to the police by his co-accused, which he said was not admissible under normal law.

“But since this was a case under TADA, it was made admissible and that is the basis of finding of his guilt. Even assuming that he was guilty, the fact appears to be that he came back to India and brought his family voluntarily,” he said.

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    Jul 31, 2015 at 8:20 am
    mr. Bhushan must be prosecuted for helping a hard core traitor terrorist. It must also be investigated , how many crores of rs he got for this heinous act of helping a hard core traitor terrorist. His property should immediately be confiscated for such act of helping a hard core traitor terrorist.
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