On January 17th, 2020, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy plea filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the accused in the Nirbhaya rape case. Essentially, the remaining four convicts have been awarded the death penalty and shall be hanged on February 1st, 2020, as per the schedule.
Moreover, Mukesh filed a petition against the President of India, to challenge his decision on the rejection of his plea. According to the counsel, representing the accused, the decision was processed in a hurried manner, at ‘lightning speed’, by the President. The Supreme Court rejected this petition filed by Mukesh, rendering the contentions, invalid.
It is pertinent to know that in the course of the petition, the Counsel also argued about the existence of procedural defaults made, on behalf of the State that led to the sudden dismissal of the plea, within two days after the curative petition, filed by Mukesh himself, was rejected.
However, this motion was argued against by Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General, representing the State. According to him, the necessary documents were provided before the President and all the procedures were complied with, leaving behind no space for error or blunder, in terms of procedural lapses.
All the remedies available to the accused have now been exhausted, resulting in the continuation of the death sentence. It appears as if Justice is finally being served to Nirbhaya, who continues to remain as a brave warrior in the depths of our hearts.