Maharashtra governor rejects Memon's clemency plea

Maharashtra governor rejects Memon's clemency plea

Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today rejected the mercy petition of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, dashing the last hope he might have had of escaping the gallows.

Memon's plea has been rejected, Government sources said.
The Governor's decision on the petition, submitted by Memon on July 21 within hours of the Supreme Court rejecting his curative petition, came immediately after the apex court dismissed his plea seeking stay on his execution slated for tomorrow.

A TDA court had in April this year set July 30 as the date for hanging Memon at the Nagpur Central Prison, where he is lodged.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court set up a three-judge bench to decide Yakub's fate after a two-judge bench was split on his plea seeking a stay on his execution.
On March 12, 1993, 12 coordinated blasts had rocked Bombay, as the city was then known, leaving 257 dead and over 700 injured.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal and Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhavan here soon after Governor C Vidyasagar Rao rejected Memon's mercy plea.

However, both Dayal and Maria declined to comment on what transpired at the meeting.
When asked if Yakub's body will be brought to Mumbai for burial after his hanging, Maria offered no comments.

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