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40 Eminent Personalties Sign Mercy Petition Seeking President's Pardon For Yakub Memon

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| July 26 , 2015 , 16:13 IST
Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon is likely to be hanged on Thursday as the Supreme Court today rejected his plea against the death warrant. Leaders of various parties including BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha and its expelled MP Ram Jethmalani, eminent jurists and persons from different walks of life Sunday submitted a fresh petition to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to waive off the death sentence of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon. [caption id="attachment_92152" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Yakub Memon, Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon Imaging: Shivam Agarwal[/caption] In the new petition urging stay against the imminent execution of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the signatories claimed that there are "substantive and fresh grounds" that can be considered on merits. Memon is scheduled to be executed on July 30 as per the execution warrant issued by TADA Court. The petition has come at a time when there is a huge political controversy over Memon's hanging and the BJP has condemned the remarks by parties against the hanging of Memon saying such a defence is happening due to "petty politics". ALSO READ: Salman Khan Retracts Yakub Memon Tweets After Backlash And Scolding From Father Salim BJP MP Sinha, who had a day before met and praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has once again gone against the party's stand on the Memon issue. In the 15-page petition, the signatories have cited varioius legal points and international commitments to argue that Memon should not be hanged. "We most humbly request your Excellency to consider the case of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon and spare him from the noose of death for a crime that was master-minded by someone else to communally divide the country. ALSO READ: Yakub Memon’s Hanging Sentence Is ‘Gross Travesty of Justice”: Katju "Grant of mercy in this case will send out a message that while this country will not tolerate acts of terrorism, as a nation we are committed to equal application of the power of mercy and values of forgiveness, and justice. Blood letting and human sacrifice will not make this country a safer place; it will, however, degrade us all," the signatories said. Besides Sinha and Jethmalani, those, who have signed the petition include MPs like Mani Shankar Aiyar (Congress), Majeed Memon (NCP), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), D Raja (CPI), K T S Tulsi and H K Dua (nominated) and T Siva (DMK), former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, CPI(ML)-Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, Brinda Karat (CPI-M) and filmmakers and actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Mahesh Bhatt, M K Raina and Tushar Gandhi. ALSO READ: Hang Tiger Memon Not Yakub, Says Salman Khan On Twitter It also included various academicians, members of the legal fraternity, activists and retired judges - Justice Panachand Jain, Justice H S Bedi, Justice P B Sawant, Justice H Suresh, Justice K P Siva Subramaniam, Justice S N Bhargava, Justice (retd) K Chandru, and Justice Nagmohan Das, noted lawyer Indira Jaising. Others include academicians like Irfan Habib, Arjun Dev, D N Jha, and social activists Aruna Roy, Jean Dreze and John Dayal. This comes on a day when Bollywood actor Salman Khan came out in defence of Yakub Memon, saying the wrong man is being hanged for the crimes of his brother Tiger Memon. ALSO READ: Salman’s Security Tightened As Actor Faces Flak Over ‘Yakub Memon’ Tweet “Get tiger hang him. Parade him not his brother,” the actor tweeted. Tiger Memon is one of the prime suspects in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. Khan said he had been wanting to tweet about the issue for some days but was afraid. Salman requested mercy for Yakub in a series of tweets while openly attacked Tiger Memon calling him a ‘billi (cat)’ and a lomdi (fox) daring him to come out of hiding. Meanwhile, security has been tightened outside the Bandra residence of Bollywood actor Salman Khan after he came out in defence with Yakub Memon, a death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blast case. “We have tightened security outside Salman Khan’s residence to prevent any untoward incident,” DCP (detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said. (With Inputs From PTI)

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