Supreme Court rejects Yakub Memon’s last-ditch petition, which was seeking a stay on his hanging scheduled at 7 am today in Nagpur jail.
A three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Prafulla Chandra Pant and Amitava Roy, which had upheld the death warrant against the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, was hearing the petition at the Supreme Court.
In the fresh plea, Yakub Memon’s lawyer Anand Grover argued that a death row convict is entitled to 14 days reprieve after rejection of mercy plea for various purposes. He also said that Memon has right to challenge rejection of mercy plea.
Lawyer argued that nearest legal aid centre has to be informed about rejection but cannot be done because it was in the night. He also questioned rejection of fresh mercy plea by the President in a short time.
Opposing stay on hanging, AG Mukul Rohatgi said this (fresh plea of Memon) is abusing the system. Calling Memon’s petition not maintainable, he said that death warrant upheld just 10 hours ago by three judges cannot be quashed.
Mukul Rohatgi further added that it is the end of legal process and not a question of victory.
The apex court in its order said that ample time was granted after rejection of first mercy petition to prepare himself for the last and final meeting with family members and for all other purposes.
Memon’s lawyer Anand Grover called SC’s order ‘a tragic mistake’ and a wrong decision.