Of the four convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya rape-murder tragedy, Akshay Thakur, in an audacious petition asserted he should not be killed and will anyway die due to Delhi’s pollution.

Akshay said death sentence was pointless given his was getting shorter anyway due to bad air and water in Delhi.

The petition read that it was important to pertain that Air Quality of Delhi NCR and the metro city is burst like a gas chamber and even the water of Delhi NCR was full of poison. It further read that everyone was aware of what is happening in Delhi NCR, life is anyway getting shorter, why the death penalty then.

He also referred to Ved, Purans and Upanishads asserting that the people in the age of Satyug lived for 1000 years while in Dwapar, they lived for 100 years. He then audaciously asked that why in Kalyug, age of human beings has been reduced to 50-60 years and rarely is a person with the age of 100 years heard.

Seeking review of the apex court’s 2017 judgement that ordered death penalty to all convicts, Akshay, who had not filed the review plea earlier, moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The top court in 2018 had rejected the review plea of the other three accuses Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh against the 2017 order.

Earlier Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain had recommended the President to reject mercy petition filed by Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts saying it was the most heinous crime of extreme brutality committed by the appellant and is the fittest case to reject the mercy petition,.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray instructed the police officers in the state to take quick action in cases related to women harassment and other related issues. The CM also directed the police and administrative officials to prepare a plan for utilisation of Nirbhaya fund.

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