Yakub Hanging: Judge Receives Threat Letter


New Delhi: Supreme Court Justice Dipak Mishra, who junked Mumbai Blasts convict Yakub Memon’s mercy plea has received an anonymous threat letter, police said.

The Delhi Police have registered a case in this regard and launched an investigation. According to the latter, Justice Mishra will face dire consequences and will be targeted even if his security is tightened.

The judge who’s security has already been heightened in the aftermath of Yakub’s hanging will now be provided an extra cover by the authorities. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had on July 29 unanimously rejected Yakub Memon's petition seeking stay of his execution, putting an end to last-gasp efforts to help the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict escape the gallows on his 54th birthday.

"Issuance of death warrants by the TADA court against Yakub on April 30 and scheduling his execution for July 30 is in order," a bench of Justices Dipak Misra, P C Pant and Amitava Roy said, just a day after Justice Kurian Joseph and the activism of a small group seemed to have opened a window of hope for Yakub, who has been found guilty of complicity in the terrorist violence which claimed 257 lives.