Nirbhaya case: The Supreme Court today (on Tuesday, January 14, 2020) dismissed curative petitions of two death row convicts – Vinay Kumar Sharma and Mukesh Singh in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case. Vinay and Mukesh had moved a curative petition in the Supreme Court court after a Delhi court issued death warrants against all the four convicts – Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) on January 7, 2020.
The only option available to Vinay and Mukesh is to file mercy plea to President Ramnath Kovind. If the president rejects the mercy plea, all four convicts will be hanged inside Delhi’s Tihar jail at 7 am on January 22, 2020, after facing a trial of 7 years.
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice NV Ramana, started hearing curative petitions filed by Vinay and Mukesh, in a chamber hearing in the morning. Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan heard the pleas and rejected it.
Couple of hours before the Supreme Court commenced hearing on the petitions, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi and father Badri Nath Singh had expressed hope that the top court should reject the curative pleas of the two convicts.
Asha Devi, the mother of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim, said this is a big day for her. Asha Devi, who has been struggling for the last 7 years, also said the biggest day will be 22nd January when they (convicts) will be hanged till death. Seema Samriddhi Kushwaha, the counsel representing Nirbhaya’s parents, also expressed her satisfaction with the Supreme Courts’ decision.
On December 16 in 2012, 23-year-old paramedic student Nirbhaya was gang-raped inside a running private bus by six persons in Delhi. She later succumbed to her injuries at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29, 2012. Out of the six rapists, Ram Singh committed suicide by hanging himself in prison, while juvenile rapist Mohammad Afroz alias Raju served maximum punishment of three years in a reform home in the Capital city and was set free in 2015.