The Supreme Court has rejected 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon’s plea on curative petition, saying there was no procedural lapse in hearing of the curative petition earlier. So, there is no scope for further hearing, ruled the three-member bench of the Supreme Court, which also upheld the validity of the ‘Death Warrant’ issued by the TADA Court.
The Supreme Court has also refused to stay the hanging of Yakub Memon. At the same time, Maharashtra Governor has rejected the mercy petition filed by Yakub Memon.
The “technical” arguments put forth by Yakub Memon’s lawyer Raju Ramachandran, were rejected by the apex court. He had argued that composition of the bench, which heard his curative plea earlier, was faulty. He also questioned the ‘Death Warrant’, saying it was issued by the TADA Court on 30 April 2015, but Yakub received it on 13 July 2015.
Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant and Justice Amitava Roy heard the arguments of both sides before pronouncing the verdict. They rejected Justice Joseph Kurian’s observation. Yakub Memon has filed a fresh mercy petition before the President. His mercy petition was already rejected once. So, if President does not consider it at all, it will pave the way for Yakub’s hanging, which is scheduled tomorrow (July 30) at 11 AM.