Yakub Memon to be hanged on Thursday


New Delhi: A three-judge Supreme Court bench on Wednesday rejected the petition of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the sole death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. In another setback for the 53-year-old convict on death row, Maharashtra Governor CV Rao has also rejected his mercy plea. According to the judgement, the Supreme Court has ordered to hand Memon at 7am on Thursday at Nagpur Jail.  Dismissing Memon's curative petition, the apex court said there was no procedural lapse in the formation of the curative bench which had earlier this month rejected his appeal. Memon had argued that the death warrant against him was issued even before the Supreme Court could hear his curative petition.

he focus now shifts to President Pranab Mukherjee, who earlier on Wednesday received a mercy petition plea seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment. This was the first time Memon – found guilty and sentenced to death for his role in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts – has made a direct plea to the President. Earlier, a similar appeal was made by his family on his behalf which was rejected in April 2014