New Delhi, July 23: Yakub Memon who was sentenced to death after being found guilty in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts has now moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on his execution. Memon who had exhausted all remedies had earlier moved the Governor of Maharashtra seeking mercy.
On Thursday, July 23 he approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on his execution in the wake of his mercy petition pending before the Governor. The Supreme Court had two days back rejected his curative petition in which he had challenged his death sentence.
Another round of litigation
Yakub Memon preferred an appeal in the Supreme Court on Thursday July 23 seeking a stay of his death sentence. The Maharashtra government had fixed July 30th as the date of his execution at a jail in Nagpur. However the jail authorities decided to wait as his curative plea was pending before the Supreme Court.
After his curative petition was rejected earlier this week, preparations for the execution began at Nagpur. Memon then preferred a mercy petition before the Governor of Maharashtra. In the wake of this mercy petition pending he has now sought a stay on his execution which has been fixed for July 30th.
Legal experts state that there is nothing that stops the Maharashtra government from going ahead with the execution.
As per criminal jurisprudence, he has exhausted all possible remedies. In cases of death sentences the mercy petition before the President is final. It is only under changed circumstances such as health conditions of old age and delay can a convict seek more legal options challenging his death sentence.