Mumbai, July 26: Sparking a controversy, Bollywood star Salman Khan raised his voice against the expected hanging of Yakub Memon, the lone death-row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Salman Khan raised question on the execution of death sentence given to Yakub Memon and asked why was he paying the price for the crimes committed by his brother Tiger Memon. “Get tiger hang him. Parade him not his brother,” Salman wrote in one of his tweets. Also Read - Supreme Court To Start 'Hybrid Mode' Hearings on Experimental Basis From March 15
Is Salman Khan disrespecting the judgement given by the Supreme Court? Does Salman Khan know that Yakub Memon was found guilty by the apex court of criminal conspiracy and arranging money and managing its disbursement in the Mumbai serial blasts case? Does Salman Khan know that 257 people died, 713 were injured and properties worth Rs 27 crore were destroyed in the blast? Yakub was the one who provided financial assistance to other accused to execute the plan. Wasn’t Yakub responsible for the death of 257 innocents? (ALSO READ: Salman Khan tweets defending Yakub Memon, says first hang Tiger Memon) Also Read - There Should be Some Screening: Supreme Court Seeks OTT Regulations From Centre
“It is not a hyperbole to state that he was one of the driving spirits behind the plan,” Supreme Court had said in March 2013. Yakub’s deeds can’t be viewed distinct from the act of Tiger Memon, hence both owe an equivalent responsibility for the blasts,” the court had added. Salman is right in his opinion that Tiger Memon should be punished, but others involved should not be left too. Is Salman trying to give the issue a religious angle like the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi? Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah
Referring the hanging of Yakub Memon, Salman says one innocent man killed is killing the humanity. What about the 257 lives that were lost in the blast? Salman Khan has all rights to express his views, but he chose a wrong time. After the Supreme Court convicted Yakub, Salman shouldn’t have questioned the court’s judgement. If he has any sympathy with Yakub, why didn’t he speak out before court’s verdict.
After the apex court has given its ruling, no one should question the hanging of Yakub. Moreover, Yakub Memon’s hanging would send a strong message that India is not soft on terror activities.