After a Delhi court gave the order to hang the four convicts of the 2012 Nirbhaya case on 22nd January, the Delhi government has said that the hanging would not be done on the said date.
Delhi government said on Wednesday that the convicts in the 2012 gang rape case will not be executed on January 22 as a mercy petition has been filed with the President. The Delhi government citing prison rules said that they are duty-bound to wait for convict’s mercy plea to be decided for executing the death warrant.
Yesterday the Supreme Court dismissed the curative petitions filed by two of the four convicts in the gang-rape and murder case challenging the May 2017 judgment of the court that had upheld their conviction and death sentence.
After the rejection of the curative petition, Mukesh filed his mercy plea before the President. He 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 lawyer of the convict has said that her client be given a minimum of 14 days’ notice if the mercy petition is rejected by the President. The convicts Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh were earlier scheduled to be executed at 7 am on January 22 in the Tihar jail premises.
Inputs From Hindustan Times