New Delhi, July 28: Former investigating officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Shantanu Sen claims that Yakub Memon along with his family was persuaded by the probing agency to return to India. Close sources of CBI were in constant touch with the Memon family and tried to convince Yakub to move back to India as staying in Pakistan might prove to be insecure. Also Read - PNB Scam Case: After Nirav Modi Loses Legal Fight, India Says Will Liaise With UK For His Early Extradition | Key Points
Former RA&W officer B Raman in an article in 2007 had alleged that the Memon family voluntarily returned to India after being assured by the probing agency of going soft on them. However, Sen, who then headed the special task force has dismissed such claims. “The Memons were not duped with any false promises. Yakub was apprehended and he was instrumental in bringing the other members of the family,” he said. (ALSO READ: Supreme Court bench split over Yakub Memon’s plea, refers it to Chief Justice of India) Also Read - CBI Summons TMC Leader Abhishek Banerjee's Wife in Coal Smuggling Case Weeks Ahead of Bengal Polls
According to Sen, there was an internal disagreement within the Memon family of returning to India. While Yakub wanted to return, his brother ‘Tiger’, the mastermind of the deadly blasts warned him from doing so. “Multiple Indian agencies were in touch with the Memon family, including the Intelligence Bureau, and R&AW, India’s external spy agency. We offered them the great justice of India,” added Sen. Also Read - CBI Arrests ED Employee For Posing As Enforcement Officer, Seeking Bribe
“The activities of Yakub Memon were closely monitored. We had our contacts who updated us where he (Yakub Memon) was about to travel. We were waiting to arrest him,” said the former investigating officer. Yakub Memon has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court demanding a stay on his execution scheduled on July 30. Chief Justice of India H L Dattu has formed a three-judge bench to hear the case on Wednesday.