1. The bench will first take up the issue of procedural compliance in deciding Yakub’s curative petition.
2. If the court finds the curative petition was not properly decided, it may examine the rules for hearing such petitions, even consider referring it to a Constitution Bench since the previous order on this subject was by a five-judge bench.
3. If the court opts to interpret rules for hearing curative petitions, it will have to stay the execution of Yakub’s sentence till an authoritative order is passed and his curative plea is heard again in terms of the new order.
4. If it holds there was nothing wrong in not involving the two judges who had heard Yakub’s review petition, it will nix preliminary objections and start examining the validity of the death warrant.
5. If the court finds the death warrant was wrongly issued, it may ask the Maharashtra government to file a formal reply to Yakub’s petition and stay the execution scheduled for Thursday.
6. If it notes that the death warrant did not breach any guideline laid down by the top court, Yakub will hang on Thursday.