In last-ditch effort, lawyers convince SC to hear Yakub plea hours before hanging
news Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:30
In a last-ditch effort to save the life of '93 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon who is set to be hanged to death at the Nagpur Central Jail at 7am on July 30, several lawyers and activists including Prashant Bhushan, Indira Jaisingh and Vrinda Grover convinced the Chief Justice of India to convene a special hearing scheduled to begin at 2 30am, to hear a plea on behalf on Memon. This is being seen as an unprecedented move by the apex court. The same three SC judges who heard the curative petition, Justices Dipak Misra, PC Pant and Amitava Roy, on July 29 will be hearing the fresh plea. The hearing will be held at court no. 4 in the Supreme Court. NDTV reports that the lawyers are expected to seek a stay based on two issues. One, that the Maharashtra Prison Manual states that the prisoner should be informed of the death sentence at least 7 days before the hanging, which they argue was not followed in this case. The other argument could be the emergence of fresh evidence through retired RAW officer B Raman's column which was published recently. Further details awaited.