NEW DELHI: The death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case may not be hanged on January 22 as directed by the additional sessions judge since one of the convicts has filed a mercy petition with the President.
The Delhi government and Tihar jail authorities on Wednesday said they will need to wait before executing the convicts until a decision is made on the mercy plea filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the four men, said a Scroll.in report.
The execution of the four convicts -- Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh -- was scheduled for 7 am on January 22.
Citing prison rules, the state government said they are duty bound to wait for convict’s mercy plea to be decided for executing the death warrant.
One of the convicts Mukesh filed the mercy plea after the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the curative petitions filed by him and fellow convict Vinay Sharma, challenging the May 2017 judgment of the court that had upheld their conviction and death sentence.
Besides filing the mercy plea, Mukesh has also moved the Delhi high court challenging the decision of issuance of the death warrant by the additional sessions judge, stating that his mercy petition was pending before the President.
The plea filed through advocate Vrinda Grover also sought that her client be given a minimum of 14 days’ notice if the mercy petition is rejected by the President so as to prepare for his departure from the world.
Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi was quoted by Deccan Chronicle as requesting President Ram Nath Kovind to summarily reject the mercy petition of death row convict in the Nirbhaya case, Mukesh Singh.
They were convicted and sentenced to death for raping a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in the national capital on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012. The victim, who was later given the name Nirbhaya, had succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Singapore where she had been airlifted for medical treatment.
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