Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana was informed by the public prosecutor that the second round mercy pleas of two convicts, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta, were not entertained and were rejected on the ground that the first one was entertained and considered on merit.
The Supreme Court. earlier in the day, rejected the curative petition moved by death row convict in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, Pawan Gupta against the Court’s earlier verdict rejecting his claim that he was a juvenile at the time of the offence.
“The application for an oral hearing is rejected. We have gone through the Curative Petition and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this Court in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs. Ashok Hurra & Another, reported in 2002 (4) SCC 388. Hence, the Curative Petition is dismissed,” the Supreme Court said.
Another convict, Mukesh Singh had moved the top court challenging a Delhi court order that had dismissed his plea, seeking a stay on the execution claiming he was not present in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the night of the crime.
On March 5, a trial court issued fresh black warrants for the execution of all the four convicts in the case – Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay (26) and Akshay (31) – in Tihar Jail at 5.30 am on March 20.
Apart from the plea filed by Mukesh Singh challenging the rejection of his claim of not being in Delhi at the time of the crime, the Supreme Court also heard an application filed by Akshay Singh challenging the rejection of his mercy plea by the President.
The Supreme Court began hearing a petition filed by one of the four convicts, Mukesh Singh. Mukesh argued before the court that he was not in Delhi at the time of the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder and that lower courts had erred in rejecting his claim.
SC rejects convict Mukesh Singh’s plea
The Supreme Court rejected a plea filed by Nirbhaya case convict Mukesh Singh. Mukesh had argued that lower courts had incorrectly dismissed his claim of not being in Delhi at the time of the crime.
All the convicts have exhausted their legal remedies and constitutional remedies with the filing of their mercy petitions, which have been rejected by the President.
Mercy plea rejected illegally, convict’s lawyer tells court
The Supreme Court heard another plea filed by Nirbhaya case convict Akshay Singh. Akshay’s lawyer AP Singh argued that the manner in which the President rejected Akshay’s mercy plea was not legally correct. AP Singh also argued that the proceedings in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case have been biased because of public pressure.
The Supreme Court dismissed the challenge to President’s rejection of Akshay Singh’s mercy plea.
Delhi court denies the stay on execution
The Patiala House Court, which earlier set 5:30 tomorrow as the time of execution for the Nirbhaya convicts, has refused to stay the death warrants issued by it.
Use them for medical trials, send them to the border but don’t hang them: Convicts’ lawyer
AP Singh, the lawyer for the four accused, made a statement in court saying that there were bias and non-application of mind by the government in proposing death sentence for the Nirbhaya convicts. “They are using the life of the death row convicts for politics. Use their life.. send them to the border of Pakistan or China but don’t hang them. Will hanging them reduce rape? After 1-2 years everyone will forget the case but the families will be destroyed. Let them be in jail, use them for medical trials, send them to the border,” he said.
President rejects Pawan Gupta’s second mercy plea
The President has rejected the second mercy plea filed by Pawan Gupta, one of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.
Hangman Pawan on Wednesday performed a dummy execution of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case at Tihar Jail, two days ahead of their scheduled hanging on March 20, officials said.
Pawan had arrived from Meerut on Tuesday and conducted the dummy execution to test the ropes, which will be used to hang the four convicts, they said.
On March 5, a trial court here issued fresh warrants for March 20 at 5.30 am, as the date for the execution of Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).
The death warrant was deferred thrice earlier.
Six people, including the four convicts and a juvenile, were named as accused.
Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail days after the trial began in the case while the juvenile was released in 2015 after spending three years in a correctional home.
Nirbhaya convicts to challenge the Delhi court’s refusal to stay the execution
The advocate for the Nirbhaya case convict has said that he will challenge the Delhi court’s refusal to stay the executions of the four men. Delhi’s Patiala House Court had earlier refused to stay the death warrants issued for the four men. The convicts had argued that the execution should have stayed as they had various pleas pending before courts.
Nirbhaya convict to move SC against President’s rejection of mercy plea
Advocate AP Singh is likely to move Supreme Court, challenging the President’s rejection of Nirbhaya convict Pawan Gupta’s second mercy plea. The President rejected the plea earlier today. Singh has now said that he will be preparing a plea for an urgent hearing in the Supreme Court today.
AP Singh, the lawyer for the Nirbhaya case convicts, is moving two petitions in the Supreme Court as the execution time nears. Singh is filing a plea on behalf of Pawan Gupta against the rejection of his mercy plea by the President. The second is a plea seeking a stay on the execution on the grounds that multiple petitions are pending before the Delhi High Court. The Patiala House Court had earlier refused to stay the execution.
Pawan Kumar’s plea being filed in Supreme Court
Pawan Kumar’s plea challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President is being filed before the Supreme Court. Pawan’s lawyers are going to the home of Supreme Court’s registrar to submit a copy of the petition.