Mumbai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Kirit Somaiyaon Thursday praised the Supreme Court for upholding its decision to go ahead with the death sentence of 1993 Mumbai blasts death row convict Yakub Memon.
Talking to ANI here, Somaiya said, "Democracy (in India) is alive. The Supreme Court upheld its duty."
Somaiya was speaking as security was beefed up around the Memon residence in Mumbai.
Yakub Memon was hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail today morning.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Prafulla C Pant and Justice Amitava Roy heard Yakub Memon's plea against his execution.
President Pranab Mukherjee had earlier rejected Yakub Memon's mercy plea.
The Supreme Court had also rejected his petition on his death warrant.
The apex court had earlier also dismissed the curative petition of Yakub, saying proper procedure was followed in disposing of Yakub's curative petition.