Nirbhaya Convict's Plea To Be Heard By Top Court Today
The petition filed by one of the four Nirbhaya convicts challenging rejection of mercy should be listed on "top priority" if execution is on February 1, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said on Monday.
Convicts Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta are to hanged on Saturday.
New Delhi: The petition filed by one of the four Nirbhaya convicts challenging rejection of mercy should be listed on "top priority" if execution is on February 1, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said on Monday. A three-judge bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna will hear the petition at 12.30 pm tomorrow.
Convict Mukesh Singh's lawyer had asked the court to list his petition challenging the President's rejection of his mercy plea "urgently".
The Chief Justice, asking the lawyer to approach the court registry said, "If somebody is going to be executed on February 1, then the matter is of top priority."
On Saturday, the petition filed by the convict asked for the death warrant for the February 1 hanging of the convicts to be cancelled.
Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta are to hanged at 6 a.m. on February 1, Saturday. Their last-minute petitions have been widely seen as desperate attempts to obstruct their hanging for the 2012 gang-rape and murder that left the nation shocked and grieving.
The curative petitions of two of the convicts were rejected earlier in the month of january and earlier their death warrant was signed for January 22. But at the end moment, Mukesh Singh filed a mercy petition, which meant that the Delhi government had to seek a fresh date for their execution.
After President Ram Nath Kovind disagreed with Mukesh Singh's mercy plea, a new date was announced.
On Saturday, a Delhi court disagreed with the petition filed by the lawyers of the convicts alleging the Tihar prison authorities were not handing over documents required to file mercy and curative petitions, as per the news agency reports. This was after the prosecutor told the court that the convicts were adopting "delaying tactics".
Last week, the government asked the Supreme Court for a change in guidelines in death row cases so convicts cannot keep delaying the sentence by exploiting legal options. The centre said in its petition, The current rules are skewed towards convicts and allows them to "play with the law and delay execution."
The 23-year-old Delhi medical student was gang-raped and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus before being thrown off the vehicle on December 16, 2012.
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