Yakub Memon’s mercy petition should be accepted, says CPM

CPM said unlike the main accused, Memon had chosen to surrender before Indian authorities, stand trial and provide information about the conspiracy.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2015 6:14 pm
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The CPM said on Wednesday that 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon’s mercy petition should be accepted since he chose to surrender and cooperate with the authorities, and claimed commuting his death penalty to life sentence will be in the interest of justice.

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Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss Memon’s curative petition, the CPM said unlike the main accused, Memon had chosen to surrender before Indian authorities, stand trial and provide information about the conspiracy.

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“Yet, he was singled out for death sentence while the main perpetrators are at large. It would serve ends of justice if Memon’s death penalty is commuted to a life sentence. CPM has been in principle advocating abolition of the death penalty. Hence, his mercy petition, which has been filed, should be accepted,” the party said in a statement.

To emphasise its point, the party cited the examples of those convicted of the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi and whose sentences were commuted to life.

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    Parmesh
    Jul 23, 2015 at 2:00 am
    The due process has been followed in this case, and the Supreme Court has decided on the punishment for his heinous crime. Just because the others have absconded, does not give him the right for clemency. Does the CPM not care for any of the victims of this tragedy?
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      torbojet
      Jul 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm
      CPM is quite known for its anti-national stand.
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