After Supreme Court rejects his plea to stay his execution, Yakub Memon will be hanged tomorrow morning, at Nagpur Central Jail. Maharashtra Governor also rejected his plea. However, his mercy plea to President Pranab Mukherjee is pending.
Yakub Memon, who is set to be hanged on Thursday in Nagpur Jail, had also sent a fresh mercy plea to President when the apex court was hearing a petition to put a stay on his execution.
Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court bench set up by the Chief Justice of India, after stark differences of opinion between two judges yesterday, had started the hearing to decide the fate of Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blast lone death row convict. Justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph did not have an agreement on the issue of entertaining Memon’s plea.
Earlier on Tuesday, Justice Anil Dave, one of the judges, had said, Yakub Memon’s execution should not be stopped; “if the king doesn’t punish the guilty with red eyes then the entire sins will come on the king.” However, Justice Kurien Joseph, differs from Anil Dave’s view, saying that there was a violation of procedure and “such technicality should not stand in the way to protect the life of a person.”
Claiming that the court could not have issued the warrant when his curative petition was already pending before the Supreme Court, Yakub Memon had moved the apex court seeking to quash the death warrant against him by the TADA court. The petition says that the death warrant issued for his hanging on July 30 was against the principles of natural justice and due processes of law were not followed. Earlier, the top court had rejected Yakub’s curative petition.