Yakub Memon submits mercy petition to Maha Governor after SC denies relief

Yakub Memon likely to be hanged on July 30.
Yakub Memon unlikely to be hanged on July 30.

After the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition of Yakub Memon, the convict has now filed a fresh personal mercy plea to Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.

The apex court that had set his hanging on July 30 may be delayed due to the fresh mercy plea. The top court had rejected the curative petition filed by Memon and set July 30 for his execution.

According to reports, the only convict on death row in the case, Yakub Memon, handed over his mercy petition to the authorities of the Central Prison in Nagpur, where he is currently lodged, his lawyer Anil Gedam said.

The petition was handed over to the authorities after Gedam met Memon in the jail. Gedam, accompanied by Memon’s cousin Usman, had also met Memon on Monday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu denied Yakub’s plea saying there is no merit in it and the curative petition was dismissed in chamber without presence of lawyers.

The March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts had left 257 dead and over 700 injured. Yakub Memon is the lone convict whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy petition in May 2014.


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