LIVE UPDATES: Yakub Memon hanged at the Nagpur jail:
July 30, After rejecting a final plea by the supreme court on Thursday morning, 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged at Nagpur central jail at 6.35 am on his 53rd birthday. The date of hanging had fixed by TADA court on July 30 which is also the day of birth of Yakub Memon.
Memon’s lawyers had appealed the Supreme Court of India at midnight attempt to stay on the execution but in return received the rejection of his mercy petition by the President.
Further, Yakub’s body will deliver to his family after jail procedures complete with the postmortem. Then, his body will shift to Mumbai for burial by his family amidst tight security in an air ambulance leaving from Nagpur at around 10.45 am.
See the live updates below:
9.25 am: Yakub Memon had told inmates of the Nagpur jail that the Supreme Court had not given him the justice he deserved. Memon had told the doctors at the time of the medical check up that he is fine there is no need to examine him.
9.18 am: Security tightened at Nagpur Airport; Joint CP, Addtnl CP, & DIG CISF are supervising the arrangement.
8.58 am: Yakub Memon’s funeral to held in Mumbai. Security has been increased at the Marine Lines Muslim Cemetry The autopsy has been completed and the body will be handed over at 11 to the family
8.33 am: Yakub Memon’s body will be handed over to his family says Maharashtra home secretary.
8.25 am: Yakub Memon’s family reach Nagpur Central jail
8.21 am: Law has taken its own course. Justice was delayed but not denied says Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP leader
8.12 am: Yakub Memon’s family members leave their hotel and reach Nagpur Central Jail.
7.40 am: Heavy police deployment outside Hotel Dwarka where Yakub’s brother Suleman is staying
7.14 am: Doctors have declared Yakub Memon dead. The Body will be taken down from the gallows. Postmortem may be conducted. Family members yet to reach jail to make formal claim for body
7.05 am: Maharashtra Chief Minister will make a statement on Yakub Memon’s hanging at 11 am in the assembly
7.03 am: All procedures were followed say Nagpur jail authorities. Yakub was allowed to say his prayers. There is a recording of the execution say authorities.
6.55 am: Yakub’s family has been intimated about the hanging. Yakub Memon had accepted his fate and was calm, say sources.
6.49 am: Yakub Memon’s body will remain in suspended animation. Doctor will confirm death after 30 minutes as per the rules
6.47 am: Yakub was given a new set of clothes before he was hanged. A constable undertook the hanging of Yakub Memon.
6.42 am: 1993 Bombay serial blasts convict, Yakub Memon hanged at the Nagpur jail
6.30 am: Arguments lasted 90 minutes before the pre-dawn Bench of the Supreme Court.
6.25 am: Attorney General of India was woken up at 1.30 am today and informed about the constitution of a Bench to hear Yakub Memon’s pre-dawn plea.
6.15 am: Security has been stepped in all sensitive parts of the country, as the Nagpur jail authorities get ready to hang Yakub Memon.
6.07 am: Yakub Memon’s lawyers are at Chief Justice H L Dattu’s residence seeking a 14-day stay on the execution.
6.00 am: Security is tight outside Nagpur jail. Security stepped up in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.
5.46 am: Yakub Memon had accepted his fate when his first mercy petition was rejected, says Supreme Court. There is no error in the death warrant and hence it does not call for interference, Supreme Court had said in early morning order.
5.45 am: Nagpur jail authorities have received official intimation about Supreme Court rejecting Yakub Memon’s plea. Doors of all cells at the Nagpur jail will be locked No prisoner can be out of his cell until the hanging is complete. Hangman is at the gallows Yakub Memon will be checked by a medical officer. Priests will be present at the execution. Preparations underway at Nagpur. Yakub Memon has two hours to live. He will be given breakfast, asked to take a bath and say his prayers. Security stepped up. All jail staff told to deposit mobile phones.
5.40 am: It is not a victory, it is an end to the legal process says Attorney General Supreme Court has made a tragic mistake says Memon’s lawyer
5.35 am: Yakub Memon has been given ample opportunities. His review petition was heard for ten days when the law mandates that only 30 minutes be given- Supreme Court. New facts will be added at the drop of a hat and the President will be asked time and again- SC Yakub Memon never disowned the mercy petition filed by his brother before the President of India- Supreme Court.
5.30 am: Yakub Memon’s lawyer hopes his client has a dignified death. I have exhausted all legal options”, Anand Grover says.
5.15 am: Staying of the death warrant of Yakub Memon would amount to the travesty of justice Supreme Court held. Justice Dipak Mishra said we don’t think granting more time in these case is necessary Yakub Memon will be hanged at 7 AM. A confidential letter to the effect was handed over to his family.
5.00 am: Yakub Memon’s last minute plea was heard at the court hall Number 4 of the Supreme Court. Yakub’s lawyer Anand Grover says, his client has the right to challenge the mercy petition and seek a stay on the execution. Attorney General says petition a ploy to stall execution.
4.56 am: Supreme Court Bench rejects petition.
4.46 am: A last minute plea by Yakub Memon has been rejected by the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court had set up a Bench and heard the matter. A three-judge bench which passed an order today held that the hanging of Yakub Memon cannot be stalled and will go on as per the earlier decision at 4.58 am.
4.41 am: Yakub Memon will be hanged at the Nagpur jail today with the Supreme Court rejecting his plea.
3.36 am: Confidential letter handed over to Yakub Memon’s family by Nagpur police.
3.30 am: Justices Dipak Mishra, Prafulla Chandra Pant, and Amitava Roy begin hearing the matter at 3.30 am.
2.30 am: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi reaches the Supreme Court.
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