Evening digest: Yakub Memon's petition dismissed, hanging likely tomorrow

GN Bureau | July 29, 2015

Supreme Court has dismissed Yakub Memon's curative petition. The court said on Wednesday that the curative plea will not be heard again. The three-judge bench of justices Dipak Misra, Prafulla C Pant and Amitava Roy said there was no procedural lapse in deciding his curative petition. On Tuesday, after an hour-long argument on Yakub's petition seeking stay of execution, the two judges on the bench - justices AR Dave and Kurian Joseph - returned a split verdict. Justice Dave dismissed Yakub's petition while justice Joseph stayed the execution. The bench then referred the matter to the chief justice of India for a fresh hearing. Special Tada Judge G Sanap has fixed July 30 as date of execution. Yakub has been sentenced to death for his role in 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people.

Kerala's technological university to be named after Kalam
Kerala government has decided to name its proposed Technological University after former president APJ Abdul Kalam. The announcement was made by state chief minister Oommen Chandy in the Assembly in Thiruvanthapuram today. Meanwhile, thousands of people lined up in Rameswaram to bid farewell to their much adored leader as his mortal remains reached the coastal town in Tamil Nadu. Prime minister Narendra Modi will be attending the last rites of Kalam in Rameswaram on Thursday,

Harmonise RTI rules on fee, courts and states told
The registrars of the Supreme Court and high courts and the state governments have been asked by the Centre to harmonise rules to ensure uniformity in fee charged by them under Right to Information (RTI) Act. Various public authorities, especially in the states, charge different fees for providing information under the transparency law.

Gurdaspur terror attack: Pakistan must walk the talk, says BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh on Wednesday said that Pakistan must "walk the talk" on the issue of counter-terrorism, and maintained that investigation done so far with regard to the 'heinous' Gurdaspur terror attack points towards Pakistan's involvement.

Narendra Modi may visit San Francisco in September
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to San Francisco in the last week of September after attending the 70th annual session of UN General Assembly in New York, becoming the fourth Indian Premier to visit US' West Coast. The thriving Indian Diaspora in the US has welcomed Modi's decision to visit San Francisco and preparations are in full swing to accord a grand welcome to him at the SAP Center in San Jose.

General Motors looks to create 12K jobs in India
General Motors will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global auto manufacturing and export hub and bost sales in fast-growing emerging market. The auto major will also launch 10 new domestically manufactured vehicles in India over the next five years in a push to double its market share in the country by 2020.

SC upholds commutation of death sentence of Rajiv Gandhi killers
The supreme court on Wednesday rejected the central government's curative petition and upheld commutation of the death sentence to life imprisonment of three convicts in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case. The court had commuted the death sentence of Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan to life imprisonment on the ground of delay by the Centre in deciding their mercy plea. That order was passed last year. The Centre had last week told the court that no mercy could be shown to the killers of Rajiv Gandhi as it opposed the Tamil Nadu government's move to set free seven convicts by granting them remission of sentence.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: BBC
Mullah Omar, the one-eyed supreme commander and spiritual leader of the Taliban, has died, BBC reported on Wednesday. However, the BBC added that Taliban have not commented upon the death of Mullah Omar. A Taliban spokesman said the group would issue a statement shortly, the BBC website said.

AAP withdraws posters critical of Narendra Modi
The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has decided to withdraw campaign hoardings and ads on air, in "a mark of respect," it said, for former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday. The ads targeted prime minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to allow the Delhi government to function, suggesting that his government is creating impediments for chief minister Kejriwal.



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