Fresh death warrant to be issued against Nirbhaya case convicts today


NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday is set to pronounce a new death warrant for the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. 

On Wednesday, a plea was moved in a Delhi court, seeking fresh death warrant for the execution of the four convicts, contending that the convicts have exhausted all the legal remedies.

Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana issued notice to the convicts seeking their response on the application and slated the matter for hearing at 2 pm today. 

On February 17, the trial court had issued fresh date for execution of death warrants for March 3 at 6 am for the four convicts -- Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Kumar Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Singh (31) in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

However, on Monday, the court had stayed the death sentence of four convicts in the case observing that they cannot be executed while a mercy petition is pending before the President.

Currently, the President has rejected the mercy petition of all the convicts in the case.

On Monday, Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi had thanked President Ram Nath Kovind for rejecting the mercy petition of Pawan Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the case.

Asha Devi on Thursday contended that the convicts have exhausted all the legal remedies.

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedic, was brutally gang-raped on December 16, 2012, inside a running bus by six people in Delhi, and later succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Singapore.

All the six accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused was a minor and appeared before a juvenile justice court, while another accused committed suicide in Tihar jail. The rest of the convicts are facing the gallows.

The brutality of the rape had shocked and stunned the entire nation and triggered massive protests which forced the government to tighten the rape laws.


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