Yakub Memon hanged: Timeline of major events in last 24 hours
Yakub Memon, who was convicted for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, was hanged to death inside the Nagpur Central jail on Thursday morning.
Memon's second mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee was rejected late on Wednesday night.
In an unprecedented hearing held at the Supreme Court at 3am on Thursday, the apex court rejected Memon's plea seeking postponement of his hanging by 14 days.
The apex court bench comprising justice Dipak Misra, justice Prafulla C Pant and justice Amitava Roy rejected Memon's plea seeking 14 days' time before the execution of his death sentence is carried out post-midnight.
Here is the timeline of the major events that took place in the last 24 hours:
10.35am (July 29): Three-judge bench of the SC starts hearing Memon's plea after two judges gave a split order on Tuesday
11am: Memon submits a 14-page mercy petition to President Pranab Mukherjee's office
4pm: SC dismisses Memon's plea against his death warrant
4pm: Maharashtra governor rejects Memon's mercy plea
4pm: President sends Memon's mercy petition to home ministry for advice
8.30pm: Home minister Rajnath Singh drives to Rashtrapati Bhawan, conveys government's decision to reject Memon's mercy petition
9.15pm: Union home secretary LC Goyal and solicitor general Ranjit Kumar arrive at Rashtrapati Bhawan
10.45pm: President rejects mercy petition of Memon
10.50pm: Senior lawyers Prashant Bhushan and Anand Grover reach Chief Justice of India Justice HL Dattu's residence with a fresh petition seeking stay of death warrant for the next 14 days
1am (July 30): Scene shifts to residence of senior SC judge justice Dipak Misra's residence as senior lawyers Grover and Yug Mohit Chaudhry reach his residence
1.35am: Three judges - justice Misra, justice Pant and justice Roy - agree to meet at the Supreme Court at 2.30am.
2.30am: Judges arrive at the apex court. Hearing deferred over attorney general Mukul Rohtagi's delay in arrival
3.20am: Hearing on Memon's plea begins
4.50am: SC rejects Memon's plea for a stay on the death warrant
5.30am: Memon is provided information as to why he is being hanged by a magistrate in the jail
7am: Memon hanged at Nagpur jail in Maharashtra around 7am. A medical team pronounced him dead a short while later.
9.30am: After doing all formalities by 9.30 am, Yakub’s elder brother, Suleiman and cousin, Usman Memon take the custody of the body and leave for the Nagpur airport by 9.45 am. The body would be taken to Mumbai for burial by a service flight