The Delhi government on Wednesday told the High Court that the hanging of 2012 Nirbhaya rape and murder convicts will not take place on January 22 as one of them has filed a mercy plea before a trial court.

The Centre, as well as the Delhi government, told Justices Manmohan and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that mercy plea filed by convict Mukesh challenging his death plea was premature and hence, the execution can’t take place before the review of the convict’s petition.

Responding to the delay in execution, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said either the convicts were trying to delay the hanging or the justice system is blind to support the criminals.

Asha Devi said she has been struggling since 2012 and the government should be questioned if the convicts will be hanged on January 22.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has refused to set aside the trial court order which issued death warrant. It has asked convict Mukesh’s counsel to approach and apprise the court about the pending mercy plea.

The Patiala House Court on January 7 had issued death warrants against convicts Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta. They are to be hanged on January 22 at 7 am.

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