Srinagar: Yakub Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, may be hanged on Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected his petition that the death sentence against him was flawed due to procedural lapses.
Earlier in the week, the issue of his hanging had divided two judges of the Supreme Court and they had then left it to the Chief Justice of India to constitute a larger bench to decide whether Memon’s execution should be reexamined.
Memon had then filed a mercy petition with the President of India Pranab Mukherjee since even the Governor of Maharashtra Vidyasagar Rao dismissed his plea for mercy. According to reports, the President had sent the fresh mercy plea to the Home Ministry, which has apparently taken the view – in a report sent back to the President – that there was no ground for a new mercy petition in this case.
The usual practice, given such a response from the Home Ministry, according to reports, is that the President agrees with the ministry’s recommendation.
Meanwhile, a medical test was reportedly conducted on Memon on Wednesday, which concluded that he was ‘mentally and physically fit’ for hanging. It is thus likely, that Memon, who was called the ‘driving spirit’ behind the Mumbai blasts, will be hanged on his 54th birthday.
Memon was first convicted in 2007 by a Mumbai court for planning the blasts in which 257 people lost their lives. The Supreme Court upheld that verdict in 2013. His brother “Tiger” Memon and Dawood Ibrahim, however, supposedly the actual masterminds behind the attack, remain missing.