Supreme Court rejects Mumbai plotter plea

There have been protests asking for the suspension of Memon's death sentence. Photo: AFP

India's Supreme Court has turned down a final plea for reprieve by Yakub Memon, who was found guilty of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings, clearing the way for his execution.

The governor of Maharashtra state has also turned down his mercy plea.

His last hope is a clemency plea pending before the president who had rejected a similar petition last month.

The serial blasts killed 257 people and were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots a few months earlier.

Earlier, the Maharashtra state authorities had set his execution for Thursday morning and Indian media reports say unless President Pranab Mukherjee intervenes, Memon will be hanged in the next few hours.