Memon’s mercy plea refereed to a larger bench in SC


New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred the death penalty of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon to a larger bench due to the difference of opinion of two judges. Chief Justice H.L. Dattu will constitute a larger bench. The matter will be heard on Wednesday.The apex court had sought a clarification from Attorney General on rules for curative petition as Memon says death warrant was issued before the Supreme Court’s decision on his petition. It is to be noted that if no conclusion is reached by Wednesday, the due date of Memon’s hanging which is scheduled to be held on July 30 might be deferred.

The apex court had said that it cannot go on merits of Memon’s case, and added that nothing further is required as everything has been decided.Memon had sought a stay of his death sentence after the apex court had on July 21 rejected his mercy petition. Memon moved the apex court contending that the death warrant for his execution was issued before he could exhaust the legal remedies available to him. He also sought that his death sentence be stayed by the apex court.