Mumbai: Yakub Memon, a brother of prime absconding accused Tiger Memon, was sentenced to death on 27 July for his role in the 1993 serial blasts here, while two of his siblings were awarded life imprisonment by a special court.
Besides Tiger’s brothers Yusuf and Essa, his sister-in-law Rubina Memon was also awarded life imprisonment by Judge P D Kode.
With the death sentence awarded to Yakub, the total number of convicts given capital punishment in the case has gone up to 12. Many of those sentenced to death were convicted for planting bombs that killed 257 people on March 12, 1993.
Yakub created a scene inside the court as soon as his death sentence was pronounced for participating in the conspiracy behind the blasts.
“Oh my Lord, forgive this man (Judge Kode), he doesn’t know what he has done. I don’t want to remain in this court any longer,” he shouted.
Yakub then tried to rush out of the courtroom without waiting to hear the punishment given to him for his conviction on other counts but was stopped by policemen and escorted out.
Kode continued to read out his sentence as Yakub was being led out.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters outside the court that due to Yakub’s outburst, the prosecution had appealed to the judge not to allow him to meet his relatives before being taken to Yerwada jail in Pune.
Yakub, Yusuf, Essa and Rubina were all found guilty of participating in the conspiracy behind the blasts.
Actor Sanjay Dutt and three others convicted under the Arms Act were summoned to the TADA court on 31 July and are likely to be sentenced on that day.
Besides the conspiracy, Yakub was found guilty of financing the blasts through co-accused Mulchand Shah and the firm Tejarat International owned by his brother Ayub Memon, who is absconding.
Yakub was also charged with providing tickets to co- accused who travelled to Pakistan via Dubai for training in handling arms and with purchasing vehicles and using them to plant explosives.
He was also charged with possessing arms and ammunition and distributing them among the co-accused.
Essa was charged with conspiracy and allowing his flat in Al-Husseni building in Mahim to be used for conspiracy meetings and storing arms, ammunition and explosives.
Yusuf and Rubina were slapped with similar charges.
However, the prosecution sought leniency for Rubina as she is a woman. Yusuf and Essa were given life imprisonment in view of their medical condition.
So far, 96 of the 100 people convicted in the case have been sentenced. Among the remaining four is Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted for the illegal possession of firearms.
Besides the 257 deaths, over 700 people were injured in the 12 blasts that rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993.