Yakub Memon hanged today in Nagpur jail; body handed over to family

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New Delhi | Updated: July 30, 2015 4:02:44 PM

Yakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict facing gallows, was hanged to death today after his last ditch attempts to get a reprieve failed early this morning in the Supreme Court.

Yakub MemonYakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict facing gallows, was hanged to death today after his last ditch attempts to get a reprieve failed early this morning in the Supreme Court. (PTI)

Yakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict facing gallows, was hanged to death today after his last ditch attempts to get a reprieve failed early this morning in the Supreme Court.

Yakub Memon was hanged shortly before 7 am at the Central Jail here, top official sources said.

The execution was carried out about two hours after his lawyers last-gasp plea to get the death warrant stayed was dismissed by the Supreme Court in an unprecedented hearing that began in the wee hours and ended at dawn.

The body of Yakub Memon, who turned 53 today, would be handed over to his relatives who have been camping here in a hotel after completion of formalities. They will be taking his body to Mumbai.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to make a statement on the issue in the state Assembly today.

The Supreme Court decision came after a day of fast-paced developments on Wednesday when the court had upheld the death warrant and the President rejected Yakub Memon’s mercy petition a little before 11 pm on the advice of the government.

yakub memonMembers of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) protest against Yakub Memon’s death sentence, in New Delhi. (PTI)

“Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed,” said Justice Dipak Misra, heading a three-judge bench, delivering the order in Court Room 4 which sealed Yakub Memon’s fate.

In a late night move, Memon’s lawyer mounted a last-ditch effort to save him from the gallows when they rushed to the residence of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and petitioned him for an urgent hearing to stay the hanging on the ground that 14 days’ time needed to be given to a death row convict to enable him challenge the rejection of his plea and for other purposes.

After consultations, the CJI constituted the same three-judge bench that had earlier decided on the death warrant issue to go into the late night plea.

Memon’s senior counsels Anand Grover and Yug Chowdhury said the authorities were “hell bent” on executing him without giving him the right to challenge the rejection of his mercy petition by the President as right to life of a condemned prisoner lasts till his last breath.

Grover said a death row convict is entitled to 14 days reprieve after rejection of mercy plea for various purposes.

Opposing Memon’s plea, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi contended his fresh petition amounted to abusing the system.

A death warrant upheld just 10 hours ago by three judges cannot be quashed, he said, adding the whole attempt appeared intended to prolong his stay in jail and get the sentence commuted.

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