SC may hear plea for putting on hold Memon’s execution

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Hearing is likely to take place at Supreme Court on a plea seeking to put on hold the execution of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon by 14 days in the early hours of Thursday.

Perhaps for the first time, the Supreme Court will be hearing a petition seeking a stay on the execution of death sentence at the court premises at such late hours of the night.

Memon’s mercy petition was earlier rejected by the president on Wednesday, wherein, he raised fresh grounds for clemency — commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment.

Justice Dipak Misra headed the three-judges bench of the apex court which had on Wednesday rejected Memon’s plea seeking stay of the execution slated for Thursday morning and quashing of the death warrant.

Exercises were earlier are on for constituting a bench to hear a petition by Memon seeking postponement of his death sentence.

In the early hours of Thursday, a senior registrar of Supreme Court has reached the residence of Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu in connection with exercising related to the hearing of the petition.

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