Larger Supreme Court begins hearing on split verdict on Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict’s petition, seeking stay of his execution scheduled for July 30.
The SC had set up a three-judge bench on Tuesday after a two-judge bench had delivered a split verdict on Memon’s petition.
Memon can now be hanged only after the SC rejects his petition –unlikely to happen by July 30, when he is scheduled to be executed at the Nagpur Central Jail, the day he turns 53.
Of the 11 sentenced to death for the terror attack, Yakub was the only convict not granted mercy.
A group of eminent citizens, including politicians, socialist, jurists and retired judges, have asked President Pranab Mukherjee to grant mercy to Yakub Memon, arguing that in comparison, “the other 10 planted the bombs and played a much more critical and direct role.”
The main accused Tiger Memon, Yakub’s brother along with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been missing since 1993.