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Maharashtra Governor rejects Yakub Memon's mercy petition

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Wednesday rejected the mercy petition of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon.

 Maharashtra Governor rejects Yakub Memons mercy petition

Yakub Memon's plea was rejected by the Maharashtra Governor. IBNLive

Memon's plea has been rejected, government sources said.

The Governor's decision on the petition, submitted by Memon on 21 July 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 court had in April this year set 30 July as the date for hanging Memon at the Nagpur Central Prison, where he is lodged.

On Tuesday, 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 12 March, 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.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 29, 2015 17:37:25 IST