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1993 Mumbai blasts case: SC rejects Yakub Menon's plea against death penalty

The plea of 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Abdul Razak Memon seeking a review of his death penalty has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The bench was led by Justice Anil Dave.

It found no merits in review petition by Memon. The decision was taken after several open court hearings conducted over a month.

During the hearings, Memon's counsel orally argued against the death penalty imposed on Memon under TADA. Court also asked for responses from CBI and Maharashtra Special Task on Memon's plea.

The counsel appearing for Memon argued that neither the trial court nor the Supreme Court gave special reasons for sending the accused to gallows.

The lawyer also said that the accused was convicted and then sentenced to death by special TADA court before the entire judgement had been delivered. This is why his conviction wasn't valid.

Earlier, the apex court had confirmed Memon's death sentence. He is the main accused (A-1) and the brother of mastermind and key conspirator Tiger Memon.

Memon was held guilty of being the driving spirit in the Mumbai serial blasts in 1993 in which 257 people lost their lives.