As the Nirbhaya case convicts keep on taking the advantages of the loopholes their hanging is once again delayed. The hanging of the convicts that was scheduled for today that is 1st February was delayed last night.
After the rejection of mercy plea of convict, Mukesh Singh, on 17th January, 2020 convict Vinay Sharma filed a petition of mercy on Wednesday. He asked for the death sentence to be commuted to a life sentence as a part of his petition. However, President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected his mercy petition.
Now, convict Akshay Thakur has used the trick to delay the hanging. Akshay Thakur has filed a mercy petition before the President of India on Saturday. Earlier he had filed a curative petition last week which was rejected. Every time a mercy petition is filed by even one of the convicts, the execution process of all the convicts has to be deferred. This because the Jail manual rules see them as equals as the men were involved in committing the same crime.
Earlier the convicts managed to delay there hanging from 22nd January to 1st February. All but one of the convicts (Mukesh Singh) still have legal remedies left which means there can be further delay in hanging. The Delhi court has yet not announced a fresh date.