15 July, Mumbai
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that the state government would follow the directives given by the Supreme Court over the execution of 1993 Mumbai blasts prime accused Yakub Memon.
“The Supreme Court has made a decision on this issue. Whatever directives will be given by the court, the Maharashtra Government will act according to that. We will provide more information on this matter when the time is right,” said Fadnavis.
Memon is likely to be hanged on July 30, the first execution related to the spate of violence that had hit the city, leading the death of over 250 people.
According to reports, the execution will take place if Memon’s mercy petition is rejected by the Supreme Court, after his appeals against the death sentence were rejected by the apex court and by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Memon is currently lodged at the Nagpur Central Jail, which reportedly has facilities for hanging.
Memon, who is a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, is one of ten accused who were awarded the death penalty by a special TADA court.
Memon’s death sentence was earlier upheld by a Supreme Court bench on March 21, 2013.