After getting a fresh date of hanging the convicts in Nirbhaya case are eyeing another extension. One of the convicts Akshay Thakur, on Tuesday evening, filed a curative petition. His petition in Supreme Court (SC) is challenging the death penalty.
This comes after President Ram Nath Kovid rejected the mercy plea of convict, Mukesh Singh, on 17th January, 2020. The Delhi court then issued the fresh death warrant for 1st February, 6 am.
Earlier the date of hanging was finalized as January 22nd. Further Mukesh Singh would file the mercy petition before the President. “If a mercy petition is filed by even one of the convicts, the execution process of all the convicts will have to be deferred. This is done as per the jail manual. The manuals rules see them as equals as the men were involved in committing the same crime.
The other convicts can still file the mercy petition before February 1. Each time a mercy petition is filed and rejected, a 14-day period must be observed. Thus, prolonging the execution.
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The convicts and their lawyers are taking advantage of the legal loopholes. Something that judiciary must take in stride and wrap up the process.
Inputs from Times of India