New Delhi, July 30: The 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon was hanged to death inside the Nagpur Central jail on Thursday morning, shortly before 7 am.
His second mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee was rejected late last night.
Earlier, the Supreme Court dismissed Yakub Memon’s last-minute attempt to escape the gallows by rejecting his plea for a stay on the death warrant.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court heard the last-ditch petition at 2.30 AM on Thursday seeking a stay on the hanging of Yakub Memon.
“Stay of death warrant would be a travesty of justice. The plea is dismissed,” said Justice Dipak Misra, heading a three-judge bench, in an order in court Room 4 which was opened for an unprecedented 90-minute hearing that started at 3.20 AM and ended a little before dawn.
While Yakub Memon’s lawyer Anand Grover had sought a reprieve of 14 days to challenge rejection of mercy plea by the President, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi maintained that if mercy petitions are filed over and over again, death warrants will never be executed.
On Wednesday night, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called on President Mukherjee and is believed to have conveyed the government’s view that the mercy petition of Yakub Memon be rejected.
Singh’s meeting came after the government at the top level considered the mercy petition referred to it by the President who acts on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and top officials, including Home Secretary L C Goyal met at the Prime Minister’s residence and discussed the issue and decided that the President should be advised to reject the mercy petition.
The apex court had on Wednesday also dismissed the curative petition of Yakub, saying proper procedure was followed in disposing of Yakub’s curative petition.
Memon was convicted for being the “driving spirit” behind the blasts that killed at least 257 people at separate landmarks in the financial capital, including the Bombay Stock Exchange and two crowded markets.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened around Yakub Memon’s residence, who was hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail at 6.30 a.m today for the 1993 Mumbai terror blasts.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to make a statement in the state assembly at 11 a.m. on 1993 Mumbai terror blasts convict Yakub Memon.
(With Agency Inputs)