Yakub Memon set to be hanged after President Pranab Mukherjee rejects mercy petition
1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon is all set to be executed tomorrow at 7 am with President Pranab Mukherjee rejecting his mercy petition late on Wednesday night.
New Delhi: 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon is all set to be executed tomorrow at 7 am with President Pranab Mukherjee rejecting his mercy petition late on Wednesday night.
The mercy petition of Yakub was rejected by the President after government advised him such a course.
The decision came after Mukherjee held consultations first with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was later joined by Home Secretary LC Goyal and Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar.
The confabulations lasted over two hours after which the President took the decision to reject the petition that was filed by Memon in a last-ditch attempt to escape death tomorrow.
Earlier in Mumbai, Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao had also rejected his mercy plea that was filed last week.
Incidentally, Yakub will be hanged on the day he was born. He turns 53 tomorrow.
SC clears legal hurdles
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court also cleared all legal hurdles pertaining to Yakub's hanging by holding that there was no legal fault in the death warrant issued against him in the terror case that killed over 257 people and injured hundreds.
The apex court said his last legal remedy by way of curative petition was 'correctly' dismissed by the three senior-most judges.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Prafulla Chandra Pant and Amitava Roy, rejected the plea that proper procedure was not followed in issuance of death warrant by TADA Court on April 30 for his execution on July 30, as per PTI.
Further, the bench differed with his counsel that mandatory 14 days notice was not given by Maharashtra Government in communicating to him about his date of execution.
"Issuance of death warrant is in order. We do not find any kind of legal fallacy. In view of that, we conclude that the curative petition was decided by three senior-most judges of this court cannot be faulted. The issue of death warrant by TADA court on April 30 for the execution of death sentence on July 30 cannot be faulted. In the result writ petition sans merit and stands dismissed," the bench said after a day-long hearing.
(With Agency inputs)