Also testing time for the patience of our Law Courts !
Caption: Kirti Ajmera (victim) & Yakub Memon (convict)
Terrorism is a scourge that has been stalking the world for many years now. America has been able to check terrorism on its land since September 11, 2001 (9/11), when the Twin-Tower of the World Trade Centre (WTC) was brought down and the Pentagon was partially destroyed by the terrorists, by setting up the Homeland Security. That not a single incident of terrorist attack took place in US thereafter speaks volumes about its effectiveness. However, the same cannot be said of other countries in the world. India is no exception. In fact, India has remained as vulnerable as ever in this regard.
It is, therefore, in this light we should consider the case of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon (Yakub Memon), the white-collar terrorist, as he has been described by the media, who is the accused No. 1 in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blast case. In this dastardly attack, 257 died, 713 were injured and the damage to property was estimated at Rs. 27 crore. Bombs (RDX) were planted at 14 places, but one at Dhanji Street did not explode. God be thanked.
The Police had arrested 193 and took them to the TADA Court where 140 faced trial. A total of 686 witnesses were examined by the Prosecution team led by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. A marathon exercise indeed for the Prosecution team.
On July 27, 2007, Yakub Memon was convicted by the TADA Court presided over by Justice (retd.) P.D. Kode and awarded death penalty.
The reaction to this verdict that came instantly from
On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition by Yakub Memon, the only one sentenced to death in the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case, saying ‘his punishment adheres to the principles of natural justice’. No sooner this news broke, a Pandora’s box was ripped open by a section of Muslims, the Secularists and those Good Samaritans who honestly...more