1993 Mumbai blasts: SC to hear Yakub Memon's mercy plea on Monday

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the mercy petetion of 1993 Mumbai blasts accused on Monday at 11 am.

Last Updated: Jul 26, 2015, 16:38 PM IST
1993 Mumbai blasts: SC to hear Yakub Memon's mercy plea on Monday

Mumbai: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the mercy petetion of 1993 Mumbai blasts accused on Monday at 11 am.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, yesterday, held consultations with Home and Law Department officials over the petetion.

CM Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government had sent its opinion to the Governor late Friday evening on the plea submitted by Memon following the Supreme Court's rejection of his curative petition which sought a stay on execution of his death sentence slated for July 30.

The government, however, had earlier indicated that it stood for sticking to the schedule for hanging and abide by the Supreme Court's directions on the matter.

Memon, in his petition, has said that all legal remedies have not been exhausted and he has also approached the Maharastra Governor with a plea for mercy.

He had filed the mercy plea before the Governor immediately after his curative petition was dismissed by the apex court last week.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu had on July 21 rejected Memon's plea saying that the grounds raised by him does not fall within the principles laid down by the apex court in 2002 in deciding the curative petition, the last judicial remedy available to an aggrieved person.

Memon, in his plea, had claimed he was suffering from schizophrenia since 1996 and remained behind the bars for nearly 20 years. He had sought commutation of death penalty contending that a convict cannot be awarded life term and the extreme penalty simultaneously for the same offence.

The apex court on April 9 this year had dismissed Memon's petition seeking review of his death sentence which was upheld on March 21, 2013.

Memon's review petition was heard by a three-judge bench in an open court in pursuance of a Constitution bench verdict that the practice of deciding review pleas in chambers be done away with, in cases where death penalty has been awarded.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that the hanging of Yakub Memon should not be communalised, adding that terrorism has no religion.

Last week, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi had alleged that Memon is being hanged only because he belongs to a particular religion and added that death sentences of those convicted in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case were commuted to life imprisonment.

(With Agency inputs)