July 1999: Yakub writes to India’s supreme court seeking relief from the case. In his letter, he says he voluntarily returned to India.

A copy of Memon’s letter.
A copy of Memon’s letter.
Image: Scroll.in
A copy of Memon’s letter.
A copy of Memon’s letter.
Image: Scroll.in

September 2001: Yakub is allowed some time out of jail after his father Abdul Razak Memon dies. This is the only time he is let out since 1994.

July 2007: Justice Pramod Kode in the Terrorist and Disruptive Acts (TADA) court sentences Yakub to death. After the sentence is pronounced, Yakub screams in the courtroom, saying, “O my Lord, forgive this man. He knows not what he does!”

Yakub had already been in jail for 13 years.

July 2009: Yakub seeks the Bombay high court’s consent to spend time with his family inside the prison. However, the plea is rejected and the high court rules that family meetings can take place only inside the prison’s metal-barricaded interview room. Memon’s daughter was born a month after he was arrested and he had not spent any time with her.

March 2013: On March 21, the supreme court of India upholds Yakub’s death sentence and says that he was the mastermind behind the attacks. In the same year, he is awarded a Master’s degree in English literature by the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Raheen Memon, Yakub’s wife.
Raheen Memon, Yakub’s wife.
Image: AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude

October 2013: Yakub files for a presidential pardon.

May 2014: India’s president Pranab Mukherjee rejects Yakub’s mercy petition.

September 2014: The supreme court stays Yakub’s execution and issues a notice to the Maharashtra government after he files a plea seeking an open court hearing of his petition for a review of the verdict.

December 2014: The supreme court issues notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Maharashtra government on the review petition filed by Yakub. It also extends the stay.

April 2015: On April 10, the supreme court confirms Yakub’s death penalty and rejects his plea for reconsidering the verdict.

July 15, 2015: Media reports, quoting government officials, say Yakub will be hanged on July 30. “The supreme court has made a decision on this issue,” Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra, says.

“Whatever directives will be given by the court, the Maharashtra government will act according to that. We will provide more information on this matter when the time is right.”

July 21, 2015: India’s supreme court dismisses the curative petition filed by Yakub. He then files another mercy plea.

July 28, 2015: Two judges of the supreme court disagree on Yakub’s plea seeking a stay on his execution and refer the matter to the chief justice. “It has been noticed that the procedure by law was not followed in this case while depriving the right to life of a person,” justice Kurian Joseph, one of the two judges says, while staying the death warrant. The supreme court subsequently set up a three-bench panel to decide on the plea.

July 29, 2015: The supreme court decides to uphold the death warrant issued by the TADA court in 2007. Yakub’s lawyers submit another mercy plea to Maharashtra governor and India’s president. Both are rejected by the end of the day.

July 30, 2015: Yakub challenges the rejection of his mercy plea by the president. Memon’s lawyers argue that he can’t be hanged for at least 14 days once his mercy plea was rejected. The supreme court hears the matter at 3 AM and dismisses the plea. Memon is hanged at 6.30 AM on July 30—his 54th birthday—at the Nagpur central jail.

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