New Delhi | Supreme Court Judge Justice Deepak Misra has received a death threat for his refusal to stop the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon, police officials said.
Justice Misra was one of the three Judges who ruled that Yakub Memon be hanged till death and deserved no mercy because of his involvement in the blasts, which led to the killing of 257 people.
According to police sources, people behind the short threatening anonymous letter, addressed to Justice Misra, have said, ”we will eliminate you,” despite the ”protection you may avail yourself of.”
Police is considering the threat to Justice Misra as a matter of a ‘very serious nature,’ though there were reports that it could be a prank.
The other two judges, besides Justice Misra, who decided that Yakub be hanged, were Justices Amitav Roy and Prafulla Pant.
They began weighing Yakub’s petition for two hours, starting at around 0300 hrs on July 30, before pronouncing that they would not stop his execution.
Police sources said the security officers of Justice Misra did a security check after they found the threatening letter. The residence of Justice Misra was also checked by senior police officers as well as Special Commissioner (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra during a security audit.
”Suspects knew that there was a thick cover of trees at the back entrance of Justice Misra’s residence and no CCTV camera is installed there. That’s why, they threw the letter in that area,” a senior police officer said.
Personnel from the Central paramilitary force have been posted at the residence, along with Delhi Police officials. The security of Justice Misra and his two colleagues was enhanced soon after the hanging, in view of the threat perception.
Police has registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Yakub, considered as one of the brains behind the deadly blasts, was convicted in 2007. The death sentence was upheld by the apex court in 2013. After this, a mercy petition was brought before President Pranab Mukherjee, who rejected it, keeping in view the severity of Yakub’s crime.
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