news Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:30
  Timeline of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, who was hanged early Thursday in a Nagpur prison: July 30, 2015: Yakub Memon, the brother of Tiger Memon, hanged at 6.35 a.m. July 29, 2015: President Pranab Mukherjee and Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao rehected mercy pleas filed by Memon after Supreme Court upheld his death penalty. July 28, 2015: Two-judge SC bench delivers spilt verdict on Memon's plea and refers it to chief justice for constituting larger bench. July 27, 2015: The case faces legal issues in SC regarding curative plea of Memon. July 23, 2015: Memon moves SC seeking stay of execution of his death sentence scheduled for July 30. Jul 21, 2015: SC rejects Memon's curative petition, the last legal remedy to avoid execution of death sentence. Hours later he filed mercy plea with Maharashtra governor. April 9, 2015: SC dismisses Memon's petition seeking review of death sentence which was upheld by apex court. Jun 2, 2014: SC stays Memon's execution on plea seeking review petitions in death cases to be heard in open court instead of chambers. May 2014: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects Memon's mercy plea. March 21, 2013: SC upholds Memon's death sentence and commutes death sentence of 10 convicts to life. Life imprisonment of 16 out of 18 convicts also upheld. August 29, 2012: SC reserves its order on the appeals. November 1, 2011: SC begins hearing on appeals filed by the 100 convicts as well as the state. September 12, 2006: Trial court delivers judgement, pronounces four members of the Memon family guilty, acquits three. Twelve convicts awarded death penalty while 20 were given life sentence. August 10, 2006: Judge P.D. Kode says judgement will be pronounced on September 12. June 13, 2006: Gangster Abu Salem's trial separated. September 2003: Trial ends. Court reserves judgement. March 20, 2003: Mustafa Dossa's remand proceedings and trial separated. Feb 20, 2003: Dawood gang member Ejaz Pathan produced in court. October 2000: Examination of 684 prosecution witnesses ends. July 1999: Memon writes to Supreme Court seeking relief from the case. In his letter, he says he voluntarily returned to India. June 30, 1995: Two accused, Mohammed Jameel and Usman Jhankanan, turn approvers in the case. April 10, 1995: Twenty-six accused discharged by the TADA court. Charges framed against the remaining accused. Supreme Court discharges two more accused. April 1994: Yakub Memon arrested from New Delhi Railway Station though he claimed that he was arrested in Kathmandu. November 19, 1993: CBI takes over the case. November 4,1993: Over 10,000-page-long primary chargesheet filed against 189 accused. March 12, 1993: A series of bomb blasts rock Mumbai, killing in 257 people and injuring 713. With IANS