- Delhi High Court refuses to set aside death orders
- The judges said convicts can approach the court
- It is unlikely that those convicted of a 2012 group violation will be executed on January 22, as ordered.
The execution of the four convicted in the Nirbhaya case “will surely not take place” on January 22 due to a petition for mercy presented by one of them, the Delhi government told the High Court today. But the court refused to put aside the death sentence issued by a judge of first instance, saying that “it had nothing wrong.”
Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta were to be hanged next Wednesday at 7 am in Tihar prison, the trial judge had declared last week, signing a death sentence seven years after A young medical student was raped in a group. a bus in motion, tortured and killed in December 2012.
Mukesh Singh yesterday filed a petition for mercy. Even after being rejected, a convict must be notified 14 days in advance before the execution. The Superior Court refused to hear his petition challenging the death sentence and asked him to approach the trial court.
None of the four convicted can be executed on January 22 unless the clemency statement is decided, the court was informed.
“The fate of a death row inmate comes to an end only after his petition for mercy is rejected by the president,” said lawyer Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi government.
Mr. Mehra told the court that the employer followed by convicts to submit their clemency statements separately was a strategy to “thwart the legal process.” After a plea, the government would have to wait for the other convicted to use up their pleas for mercy, he said.
“So your rule is bad if you can’t take action until all those convicted have filed a declaration of clemency. There has been no application of the mind. The system suffers from cancer,” the Superior Court said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Mukesh and Vinay’s curative pleas, closing their last legal option.
Nirbhaya’s mother asked President Ram Nath Kovind to summarily reject Mukesh Singh’s mercy petition. “They will be hanged on the decided date, no matter what court they approach,” he told reporters.
On January 7, the day the court of first instance declared the date of suspension and issued the death sentence for the four convicted, Mukesh Singh’s mother approached Nirbhaya’s mother and begged for the life of her son . “After crying for seven years, I have become a stone. I felt nothing,” Nirbhaya’s mother later told NDTV at that time.