Hours before his death, a 3-Judge SC bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra started hearing plea for deferring Yakub’s execution at 3.20 am but ruled he was given enough opportunities.
"It will be travesty of justice if the death warrant is stayed in a case of this nature," the court said at 4.55 am.
Earlier in the day, the same bench of the SC upheld the validity of Yakub’s death warrant, saying he had exhausted all options
Yakub Memon became only the third person – all terrorists – to be executed in the last decade after 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab in 2012 and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in 2013
In the past 10 years, India has executed 4 people.In 2004, Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged in West Bengal for raping and murdering a teenager. In 2012: Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune's Yerwada jail for his role in the 26/11 terror attacks. In 2013, Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2001 Parliament attack was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail. In 2015, Yakub Memon was hanged in Nagpur jail for role in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Yakub Memon was sentenced to death for the dozen explosions that rocked India’s financial capital, killing 257 people and leaving more than 700 injured.
Yakub Memon denied any involvement in the blasts during a staggered trial and appeal process that bitterly divided opinion and triggered calls for his life to be spared.
Jail administration handed over Yakub’s body to his elder brother, Suleiman and cousin, Usman Memon, around 9.30am after the family gave an undertaking that they would not hold demonstrations with the body and ensure a quiet burial in Mumbai.
After finishing all formalities, Suleiman and Usman took custody of the body and left for the Nagpur airport by 9.45am, local jail authorities confirmed. The body was taken to Mumbai for burial by a service flight.
His body reached landed in Mumbai around 12.10pm but the police banned filming or taking photographs of the body during transportation from the airport to the burial ground to avoid any breach of law and order.
Yakub Memon's body was taken directly to Bismillah Manzil in Mahim where his brother Suleiman Memon lives.
A crowd of around 500 persons had gathered outside the building as soon as the ambulance carrying Yakub’s body arrived in the area, and the entire scene was constantly monitored by plain clothes policemen.