Yakub Memon, the lone convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was hanged to death at Nagpur central jail on Thursday.
The execution, at around 630am, came two hours after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court rejected early on Thursday a desperate plea by Yakub Memon's lawyers for staying the death sentence after a dramatic late-night hearing.
This was the second time that the court had cleared Memon's execution in the last 24 hours.
The bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that started hearing a last-minute plea for deferring Yakub’s execution at 3.20am ruled that the convict was given enough opportunities.
"It will be travesty of justice if the death warrant is stayed in a case of this nature," the court ruled in its verdict delivered at 4.55am.
The order came at the end of the 95-minute open court hearing that saw Yakub's lawyers questioning the government’s hurry to hang the death row convict at 7am and insisting that the mercy petition hurriedly rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee late on Wednesday was the first plea filed by Memon. An earlier mercy plea, rejected by Mukherjee in April 2014, was filed by Memon’s brother last year.