Memon Moves SC to Seek Stay on His Hanging

The 1993 Mumbai blasts accused and death row convict Yakub Memon moved the Supreme Court against his execution scheduled for July 30.

In his writ petition, Memon said he has not yet exhausted his legally permissible remedies to seek commutation of death penalty. He said his petition seeking mercy is still pending with the Maharashtra governor and executing him prior to the governor deciding his plea would be illegal.

The 53-year-old was convicted in 2007 by a Mumbai court for financing the terror attack and arranging for the training of terrorists in Pakistan. The death sentence given to him was upheld by higher courts in later years. On Tuesday, the apex court had rejected a curative petition by him, paving the way for his hanging on July 30.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu had rejected Memon’s curative petition saying the grounds raised by him did not fall within the principles laid down by the apex court in 2002. Hours after the SC decision, Memon had submitted a mercy petition to the Maharashtra governor, in a last-ditch effort to prevent his execution.

The serial blasts in March 1993 had left 257 dead and over 700 injured. Yakub Memon is the only convict whose death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy petition in May 2014. A chartered accountant, Yakub is the younger brother of ‘Tiger’ Memon, who along with Dawood Ibrahim masterminded the blasts and are absconding. Yakub has been in custody since 1994.