Judgement of the day: Yakub Abdul Razak Memon v. State of Maharastra and Ors.


Justice Deepak Mishra , Prafulla C. Pant and Amitava Roy


• Yakub Abdul Memon convicted over his involvement in the 1993 Bombay Bombing by special terrorist and disruptive activities court on 27 july 2007.

• Menon was the brother of one of the prime suspects in the bombing, Tiger Menon.

• The court held that Menon’s role was limited not only to the extent of correspondence between the masterminds and the other accused, but he was also entrusted with task of handling the explosive bags and for their safe keeping.

• It also held that Menon was actively involved in hawala transactions for the purpose of facilitating the blasts.

• Justice P.D. Kode in a Terrorist Disruptive activities prevention act (TADA) COURT, found Menon guilty and awarded him the death penalty.

• Menon filled an appeal before the Supreme Court of India under sec 19 of TADA Act and the court confirmed the Menon’s death sentence.

• Menon then filled a review petition seeking review of SC judgement confirming the death sentence.

• His appeal and petition was all rejected and the President of India has also rejected mercy petition preferred by the petitioner.

• The petition contended that by virtue of the rejection of the mercy petition, the death warrant issued would be executed without warrant waiting 14 days, and hence, there should be grant to stay.


• Petitioner appeals and petitions for clemency were all rejected.

• Menon found guilty and awarded him for death penalty.

• President of India has rejected the mercy petition preferred by the petitioner.

• Petitioner was executed by hanging in Nagpur Central Jail at around 6:30 AM IST on 30th july 2015.

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