NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court dismissed appeals Tuesday of a former accountant convicted of helping plan the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed 257 people, clearing the way for his hanging next week.
Yakub Memon was convicted of assisting his brother Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim, the suspected masterminds in a series of bombings that marked one of the deadliest terror attacks in India. Indian investigators believe the two other men are hiding in neighboring Pakistan.
Yakub Memon, 53, is scheduled to be hanged July 30 in the western state of Maharashtra, whose capital is Mumbai. He has been in prison for two decades.
Twelve bombs — placed at several sites including Mumbai’s stock exchange, a cinema, a luxury hotel, and busy markets — shook India’s financial capital in March 1993. In addition to the death toll, more than 700 people were injured.
Indian officials say that the bombings were carried out with the help of agents from Pakistan’s intelligence agency as reprisal attacks after the bloody religious rioting in the city the previous year. Pakistan has denied the charges.
Memon has repeatedly testified that he returned to India and turned himself in to prove his innocence, and said he had nothing to do with his brother. Indian police, however, said Memon was arrested along the porous border between India and Nepal in 1994.