Supreme Court defers till tomorrow hearing on second mercy plea of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon

Monday, Jul 27, 2015,17:57 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing for tomorrow on the second mercy plea of 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict, Yakub Memon.
Memon had sought a stay of his execution of the death sentence set for 30th July.
A two-judge bench of Justices Anil R Dave and Kurian Joseph adjourned the hearing for tomorrow at 1030 hrs after hearing arguments for almost an hour from Attorney General, Mukul Rohtagi, who appeared for the CentreĀ  and defence lawyer Raju Ramchandran.
Mr Rohtagi told the Supreme Court,” the curative petition is the last legal option available to a convict. There could not be a writ petition against a curative one. None can now question the order in curative. The objection can be only whether death warrant could have been issued on April 30 or not. Memon is likely to be hanged on July 30 in Nagpur Central jail.”
Mr Ramchandran contended that the judicial process was still incomplete because the curative petition of Memon is not heard fully.
”A man’s life and death is involved in it. Ramchandran said that Memon was informed about the death sentence day of his execution only before 17 days on July 13, while the Terrorism And Disruptive Activities (Prevention) court had issued the death warrant on 30th April.
State government is acting completely contrary to the law laid down in context to death penalty, Ramchandran argued.
The AG said that no new ground was available and mentioned in Memon’s mercy plea which, he argued, has nothing to do with the judicial process.