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Yakub Memon to be hanged at 7 am tomorrow at Nagpur prison
The SC today evening cleared the way for the hanging of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, after rejecting his plea for reconsideration of his death penalty. The SC upheld that the curative petition was not void. As soon as the SC order came out, the governor of Mahrashtra also rejected Yakub Memon's mercy plea.

Now, only a mercy petition is pending with the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, which Yakub Memon filed today, while the SC hearing was going on. Speaking to the media, senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam said "the SC has rejected all the contentions raised by Yakub Memon. The President will have to take the decision on the mercy petition today itself."

Only a delay in the President's decision can further postpone the hanging, which is otherwise scheduled for 7 am on Thursday morning at the Nagpur prison. It has been reported that preparations for the hanging have been underway for the past one week.

In his plea, Memon had said that he was suffering from Schizophrenia since 1996 and has already spent almost 20 years in prison, which is more than a life term, and since a convict cannot be sentenced for both a life term and a death penalty for the same offense, his death penalty be shunned. With the SC order rejecting his plea, Yakub Memon has run out of legal options to stop his execution.

It is most likely, that the President's decision will come today, and the hanging shall take place tomorrow, as per schedule at 7 am.

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