President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy plea of one of the death-row convicts of the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, Vinay Sharma on Saturday. The four convicts – Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Thakur (31) and Mukesh Kumar Singh (32) were scheduled to be hanged at 6 am in Tihar Jail today but Delhi’s Patiala House Court postponed the execution of all of them indefinitely on Friday evening just when almost 12 hours were left for the hanging.
The counsel for the four convicts, AP Singh said that their legal remedies are yet to be exhausted and the law allows them to pursue all the legal options. So far, only the oldest convict Mukesh Kumar Singh has exhausted his all the legal remedies including the mercy petition which was rejected by the President Kovind on January 17 and then he also filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the dismissal of mercy plea by the President but the apex court dismissed it on January 29.
This is the second time in this case when the Delhi court has rolled back its decision on the execution of the four convicts. The original death warrant was issued for January 22. According to the law, the convicts will be hanged together on the same date and if either of the convict’s petition is pending then none of them can be hanged. The court has still not issued the other death warrant.
On the other hand, victim Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi is pissed off with the delay in the execution of the convicts and she is really disappointed. She said these convicts have no right to live. They keep getting disappointed by the system. She will continue her fight until the convicts are hanged.
The latest development in the case after the rejection of Vinay’s mercy plea by the President is that another convict Akshay Thakur has filed his mercy plea before the President. It seems that the convicts have been taking full advantage of the law.