Yakub Memon will hang for his role in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, ruled the Supreme Court
New Delhi: Yakub Memon will hang today at about 7 am for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, ruled the Supreme Court at 5 am. For the first time ever, a hearing was held in the top court's premises in the middle of the night. Nagpur jail officials are now prepping for the execution of Memon, who turns 53 today.
Here are the 10 latest developments:
President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Yakub Memon's mercy petition sent to him on Wednesday.
Activists and Memon's lawyers told the Supreme Court in a late-night appeal that after a mercy plea is rejected, the death row prisoner can't be hanged for 14 days, according to rules.
However, the three Supreme Court judges who heard the case accepted the government's argument that Memon had "ample opportunity" to challenge his sentencing.
The court accepted the government's argument that a mercy plea filed on Memon's behalf by his brother, which was rejected by the President last year, could not be overlooked.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday had refused to stop Memon's hanging, rejecting his claim that the top court had not followed correct processes in upholding his death sentence earlier this week.
Memon was convicted for helping finance the serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 in which 257 people were killed.
His brother, Tiger, and Dawood Ibrahim, who masterminded the blasts, remain missing.
Those who support Memon's claim say that he provided crucial information to investigators in fixing accountability for the blasts. Two of his brothers have been given the life sentence.
Memon left the country just before the blasts. He returned a year later amid conflicting reports on whether he had been arrested or had surrendered. Investigators deny he was offered a secret plea bargain.