Published On: Tue, Jan 14th, 2020

Nirbhaya convicts cannot be hanged on January 22: Delhi government

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A twist in the hanging of Nirbhaya gang-rape and brutal murder’s four convicts has arise amid fight for justice against such crime. Delhi government believes the death warrant cannot be implemented on the scheduled January 22 day as a mercy petition has been filed with the President.

According to the state government, the prison rules binds the system to wait for the mercy plea to be decided before the convicts are hanged.

Meanwhile, apex court dismissed Tuesday curative petitions of the two convicts, Mukesh and Vinay. Both challenged the 2017 judgment that upheld conviction and death sentence.

Following the rejection Mukesh filed mercy plea before President Ram Nath Govind.

Simultaneously, Mukesh moved to Delhi high court too challenging issuance of death warrant of his by the additional sessions judge citing mercy petition was pending before the President.

Advocate Vrinda Grover filed the mercy plea and sought that her client should be given a fourteen-day notice time if the President rejects the petition.

Nirbhaya convicts cannot be hanged on January 22: Delhi government

The four convicts are Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh. They are scheduled to be hanged on January 22 in the premises of Tihar jail.

Six men, including a juvenile, gang-raped and brutally murdered a young paramedical student on the night of December 16 and 17 in 2012 in a moving bus in the national capital. It triggered a wave of outrage across India. One of the accused committed suicide in the jail cell during his trial and court had sent the juvenile to a reform home for three years.

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