Yakub Memon files last-ditch petition in SC, President rejects mercy plea

In yet another last ditch action, lawyers for Yakub Memon, facing execution on Thursday, moved the Supreme Court late on Wednesday seeking stay of his hanging after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition

New Delhi: In yet another last ditch action, lawyers for Yakub Memon, facing execution on Thursday, moved the Supreme Court late on Wednesday seeking stay of his hanging.

The petition pleaded that an order should be passed that the authorities should give him at least 14 days time for execution after the rejection of his mercy petition as per the apex court's guidelines.

The petition will be processed before a decision is taken whether it is to be heard and if so by one or more judges at their residence.

President rejects mercy plea

The mercy petition of Yakub Memon, facing gallows in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, was rejected tonight by President Pranab Mukherjee after government advised him such a course.

The decision came after Mukherjee held consultations first with Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was later joined by Home Secretary L C Goyal and Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar.

The confabulations lasted over two hours after which the President took the decision to reject the petition that was filed by Memon in a last-ditch attempt to escape death tomorrow when he is scheduled to be hanged in Nagpur jail.

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