The Supreme Court today heard the curative petition of two death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape which was heard by a five-judge Bench compromising of Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan at chamber no .145.
The petition was filed by Advocate Vrinda Grover and A.P Singh on behalf of Mukesh and Vinay Sharma respectively. The curative petition was filed against the order of Patiala House high court of Delhi issuing the death warrant against all 4 convicts on Jan 22 at 7 AM. This was the last remedy available constitutionally to the offenders.
The court proceedings on the matter started around 1.45 pm. The court here dismissed the curative petition. Even the lawyer appearing from the side of Nirbhya’s mother found this as a tactic to delay the execution by the accused .
The court mentioned that the dismissal is on mercy not against the legality. The accused were using the legal remedies only to cause delay and the lawyer of accused even after dismissal of the petition, are looking for their last resort to file mercy petition to the president in which the death warrant can be converted into life imprisonment.
In an interview of Nirbhya’s mother, she said this as an assertive act to provide justice for her daughter.
Tihar jail had conducted a dummy execution on Sunday to test gallows and sacks with debris and stone of the weight of men. This was done at Tihar jail gate no. 3 where execution is to take place.
On July 9 last year, the apex court had dismissed the review pleas filed by the other three convicts in the case, saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the 2017 verdict.