Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the decision to hang 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon on July 30 at Nagpur Central Jail was strictly in accordance with court directives.
The decision to choose Nagpur Central Jail was taking into account the logistics.
It was believed that Nagpur Central Jail, where Memon is imprisoned, would be a better choice than Pune or Mumbai. Several critical factors were taken into consideration almost three months ago when the TADA court conveyed its decision to the Supreme Court on April 29, 2015.
The time, date and prison where the hanging should take place were determined and conveyed by the court to the state home department.
Fadnavis said, “The state government had absolutely no role in determining the time or date or nature of punishment. All the aspects were determined as per the legal process and conveyed to state government.”
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the curative petition of Memon (53), whose last chance to seek mercy and avoid the death sentence was rejected. Fadnavis who also holds the home portfolio said, “Our role is confined to execution of the court orders.”
He refuted the charges in some quarters that BJP-led government had deliberately chosen July 30 which also happens to be Memon’s birthday. He added: “I would like to make it amply clear that the matter was in court even before my government came into existence.
There was no question of government issuing any directives or interfering.”