Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Yakub Memon is a chartered accountant who is convicted in 1993 Bombay bombings case. He is a brother of Ibrahim Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon, one of the prime accused of the attacks which killed 257 people. The Supreme Court of India in a judgement on 21 March 2013 convicted Yakub Memon for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to death.
Yakub was the most educated member of the Memon family and has been in jail since he was arrested by Nepal police at Kathmandu Airport and handed over to CBI of India. His accounting firm used to handle the finances of brother Tiger's illegal operations, which included lucrative silver smuggling. He did well for himself and had bought six flats in the Al Hussaini building where Tiger already had two duplex flats. Tiger was a henchman of D-Company mafioso and co-conspirator in the 1993 blasts, Dawood Ibrahim.
Trial and conviction
Yakub was sentenced on the 27 July 2007 by Justice P. D. Kode of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court.
Yakub was convicted for
- Sentenced to death
- Arranging finance and managing its disbursement through co-accused, Mulchand Shah and from a firm, Tejarath International, owned by absconding accused, and brother, Ayub Memon to achieve objectives of conspiracy
- Aiding and abetting and facilitating in a terrorist act Section 3 of TADA
- Sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Arranged for air tickets through Altafali Mushtaqali Sayyed, East West travels for the youths who were sent for arms and ammunition training to Pakistan. Also made arrangements for their lodging and boarding. Purchased motor vehicles which were used while planting bombs.
- Illegal possession and transportation of arms and ammunition Sections 5, 6 of TADA
- Sentenced to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment.
- and Possessing explosives with intent to endanger lives Sections 3, 4 and 6 of the Explosives Substances Act
- Sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.
- Requested co-accused, Amjadali Meherbux and Altafali Sayyed, to store suitcases containing arms, ammunition, hand grenades and detonators.
On 21 March 2013, Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Yakub Memon, and called him mastermind of terror strike.However,the Supreme Court on 2 June 2014 stayed his execution.A bench comprising justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan issued notice to the Maharashtra government and others on the plea of Memon and said that in the meantime "execution proceedings will remain stayed".
The court also referred to a Constitution bench a plea of Memon that review petitions in death penalty cases should not be heard by the apex court in chamber proceedings and be decided in open court.
Yakub Memon was portrayed by actor/director Imtiaz Ali in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday. A part of the real footage of his interview given to Newstrack where he states that the conspiracy was orchestrated by Tiger Memon and his underworld associates was also included in the film.
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