New Delhi, July 21: Mumbai 1993 blast convict Yakub Memon will be hanged on July 30. A curative petition filed by the Memon was heard by the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday. The apex court dismissed his curative plea and approved the decision to award capital punishment to Memon. While the court considered that Memon has served around 20 years in the prison, but reversing the death sentence would send out the wrong message.

The counsel representing Yakub Memon had argued that Memon had deposed before the probing authorities and disclosed important facts which helped the investigators of the case to crackdown on the perpetrators of the crime. However, the Supreme Court upheld the claims of the CBI which has said that Memon was arrested from Nepal. This contradicts the claim of Memon family of surrendering themselves before the central probe agency in Delhi. Yakub was subsequently convicted for criminal conspiracy as the CBI proved that he was involved in the planning of the sinister explosion carried out at various spots in Mumbai. (ALSO READ: Supreme Court upholds death penalty to Yakub Memon for 1993 Mumbai serial blasts)

Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has welcomed the decision of the apex court. According to Nikam, “This was the final chance of the counsel representing Yakub Memon to avoid the capital punishment.” The verdict of the Supreme Court brings joy to the victims of the 1993 deadly blasts. “A sense of justice is felt bu us today. But the day of celebration will be when the main accused Dawood Ibrahim will be dragged back to India,” said Tushar Deshmukh who lost his mother in the ’93 blasts.