As the time nears the day of Yakub Memon’s hanging, concerned were also raised about the condition of hanging yard where Yakub is likely to be hanged on July 30. Since the yard has not been used for the execution for the last many years, the maintenance of this jail area too had taken a back seat, but now the State Government appeared to have paid some concern towards it. The state government on Saturday approved Rs 22 lakh to put up an overhead grill to cover the open space in the hanging yard cell of Nagpur jail.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government had informed the governor that the previous governor had rejected Memon’s mercy petition. “The law and judiciary department has sent the file to the governor with a noting that no new point has been raised in Memon’s (latest) mercy petition,” Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai.
A government resolution issued on Saturday said that home department had sanctioned Rs 22,99,719 to build “ceiling-like” iron grill over the open space in the hanging yard cell of the jail.
“After the Supreme Court rejected Memon’s curative petition, it was necessary to enhance the security at Nagpur Central Jail where Memon is lodged,” the GR said.
SC hearing on Monday
Fadnavis added that the state government will abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling. The apex court is expected to hear Memon’s petition for stay to hanging on Monday.