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Deputy Registrar of Supreme Court resigns protesting against Yakub Memon’s hanging

01 Aug 2015 05:08 PM, IST

Deputy Registrar of Supreme Court resigns protesting against Memon's hanging

Prof Anup Surendranath (Photo –



New Delhi, 01 Aug 2015: Prof. Anup Surendranath has resigned as Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court of India while terming the execution of Mumbai blast terror convict Yakub Memon as “final nail”. In a facebook post just after midnight Friday (31 July), he said: “I have been contemplating this for a while now for a variety of reasons, but what was played out this week at the Supreme Court was the proverbial final nail – I have resigned from my post at the Supreme Court to focus on death penalty work at the University.”


Prof. Anup is a faculty at the National Law University, Delhi. He said he would write about the last week SC events related to Memon’s case.


“It is in many ways liberating to regain the freedom to write whatever I want and I hope to make full use of that in the next few days to discuss the events that transpired at the Supreme Court this week,” he wrote.


Couple of hours after the hanging of Memon on 30th July morning in Nagpur jail, Prof. Anup while commenting on the execution wrote on his facebook page:

“It would be silly and naive to see the events of the last 24 hours at the Supreme Court as some triumph of the rule of law – the two orders at 4pm on 29th July and 5am on 30th July (and the reasoning adopted therein) are instances of judicial abdication that must count amongst the darkest hours for the Supreme Court of India.” 


He was appointed as the Deputy Registrar (Research) last year in May.

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