Nirbhaya case: Centre, Delhi government moves to SC against HC order

On Wednesday, the Centre and Delhi government moved the Supreme court challenging the rejection of their plea by the Delhi High Court against the trial court order staying the execution of four death- row convicts Mukesh, Akshay, Pawan and Vinay in the Nirbhaya case. After a long pause, the Delhi government and the Centre have filed the appeal challenging the High Court verdict.

The High Court had said that all the four convicts in the case have to be executed together, not separately, and faulted the authorities concerned for not taking steps for issuance of death warrant after the rejection of appeals of the convicts by Supreme court in 2017.

On January 31, the trial court stayed “till further orders” execution of four convicts- Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Akshay Kumar (31), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) in the case who are lodged in Tihar Jail.

The lawyer associated with the matter said that the grounds taken for a challenge in top court is similar to grounds taken in the high court while filing the appeal against the trial court order. He further stated that Mukesh, one of the convicts have used all his remedies including the mercy plea and therefore he can be hanged separately.