Nirbhaya case: Court to hear matter today after convict files mercy petition

The execution of the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case will not take place on January 22 because of a mercy petition filed by one of them. The hearing of the matter is scheduled to take place today at 2 pm.
The High Court has asked the convict’s (Mukesh) lawyers to serve the copy of the application.

The court has also sought response from Nirbhaya’s parents.

The court made the remarks while declining to hear the plea by Mukesh challenging the death warrant, asking him to approach the trial court.

On Wednesday, Mukesh Singh, the convict, filed a mercy petition, which was rejected by the Delhi government.

However, according to Tihar jail officials, despite the rejection a convict has to be given at least 14 days’ notice before his execution takes place.

Besides Mukesh, 32, Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) were to be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail. A city court had issued their death warrants on January 7.

The four have been kept in separate cells after their death warrant was issued on January 7.

A Delhi court had issued their death warrants on January 7.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had dismissed the curative pleas of Mukesh and Vinay.

(With PTI inputs)

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