Yakub Memon’s body was handed over to his family members after the 1993 Mumbai terror attacks convict was hanged in the Nagpur Central jail earlier today.
Yakub Memon’s body will now be taken to Mumbai for the last rites.
Security has been tightened outside the terror attack convict’s Mumbai residence following his execution.
Yakub Memon was hanged at the Nagpur Central jail today morning after his second mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee was rejected late last night.
In an unprecedented move, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court presided over a fresh hearing of the case throughout the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday before dismissing the final appeal for mercy by Yakub Memon, the only person to be sentenced to death for the series of bombings in Mumbai.
While Yakub Memon’s lawyer Anand Grover had sought a reprieve of 14 days to challenge rejection of mercy plea by the President, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi maintained that if mercy petitions are filed over and over again, death warrants will never be executed.
The apex court had on Wednesday also dismissed the curative petition of Yakub, saying proper procedure was followed in disposing of Yakub Memon’s curative petition.
Yakub Memon was convicted for being the “driving spirit” behind the blasts that killed at least 257 people at separate landmarks in the financial capital, including the Bombay Stock Exchange and two crowded markets.