The Congress party on Wednesday said that the execution of the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Yakub Memon, will take place according to the ruling by the Supreme Court.
“This is a purely legal matter, and whatever the Supreme Court rules, according to that, things will happen. I understand that the mercy petition was rejected by the President and he has filed an appeal that will come before the court and the court will take a decision,” Congress leader PC Chacko said.
Yakub Memon is likely to be hanged on July 30, the first execution related to the Mumbai blasts, which had killed over 250 people.
According to reports, the execution will take place if Memon’s mercy petition is rejected by the Supreme Court, after his appeals against the death sentence were rejected by the apex court and by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Yakub Memon is currently lodged at the Nagpur Central Jail, which reportedly has facilities for hanging.
Yakub Memon, who is a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, is one of ten accused who were awarded the death penalty by a special TADA court.
Yakub Memon’s death sentence was earlier upheld by a Supreme Court bench on March 21, 2013.