Two days before the four convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case are to be hanged, the latest development in the case is that the lawyer of the death row convicts of the Nirbhaya case, AP Singh, has moved to Delhi’s Patiala House Court to appeal for the stay of execution scheduled for February 1 claiming that legal remedies of some of them are yet to be availed.
The Supreme Court rejected the curative plea of one of the four convicts, Akshay Thakur, today. Akshay had filed the curative petition a couple of days back challenging his death sentence. Yesterday, the Supreme Court had also rejected another convict Mukesh Singh’s petition challenging the dismissal of mercy plea by the President Ram Nath Kovind.
Akshay had asked the Delhi court to put a hold on the execution of convicts which is to be conducted on Saturday morning, claiming that they still have the legal rights to pursue. With every day a new twist in the case, last night, another convict Vinay Sharma filed a mercy plea before President claiming that he died several times in jail during the judicial proceedings.
According to the rule, none of the four convicts of the Nirbhaya case can be hanged until all of them have exceeded their legal remedies. As the convicts still have the legal options to pursue, it is unlikely that they will be hanged on February 1. Although, it’s just a couple of days left and it is still the question that will they be hanged this time?
The court had earlier in January issued a death warrant for the second time for the hanging of Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Thakur (31) and Mukesh Kumar Singh (32) at 6 am in Tihar Jail.